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Acadia 2 

Adams, Elia-hib and Family of Bangor .... .225 

Adams, Col. Joseph of Cherryfield Gi 

Additions and Corrections ....240 

Bakeman, John, of Cape Rosier ...... 

Bangor Historical Magazine * ......240 

Bangor Farail ies ..37, 86, 148 — 

Bangor, Fir>t Saw Mill on the Kendnskeag 44 

Blaine, James G., of Maine ....116 

Blue Hiil.and Settlers 17 

Books Relating to Maine in part , 4 

Brooksvillc- and Settlers , 6 

Buchanan, John, of Columbia Falls 95 

Bucksport, Road to Augusta, 1785 91 

Castine ........6. 55 

Cadillac Grants , 69 

Chaloner, Doctor William, of Machias 137 

Clifford, John, of Stockton . 95 

Conventions for forming a New State at Portland, 1785-36 - ....231 

Crabtree, Capt. Agreeu, of Sullivan 220 

Crane Family ,177 

dishing, William, of Pownal borough 164 

Deer Isle and Settlers >^'3 

Denys, Nicholas, Governor of Acadia . 48 

Eastern Towns and their Incorporation ...,.172 

Eddy, Col. Jonathan, of Eddington 23. 60, 147 

Ellsworth, Materials for a History with plan .......181 

Ellsworth Marriages 115 

Foster, Co!. Benjamin, and Family of Machias .152 

Freeman, The Bon. Samuel, of Portland « « . .94 

Frankfort Inscriptions 224 

G old th wait and Bernard's Deeds to Joshua Trent at Fort Point. 1766 ....166 

Harris, Josiab, and Family of Machias. .. , .173 

Hunnewell. Col. Richard, the First sheriff of Hancock County, 1790-98 ..239 

Indian Tribes of Maine and Nova Scotia - S9 

iron Bound Island, History of - 168 

Jarvis Family of Hancock County 227 

Jordan Samuel, of Biddeford and Union River with some account of his family..... 220 

Kennebec, Early Settlers -129 

Knox, General Henry, Letter to Henry Jackson • 65 

Lincoln County, Petition to General Court, 1770, Relating to the Eevoiutionary War-165 

Machias, Notes of First Settlers 70 

Maine State Grange 114 

Maine Historical .society at Castine • CO 

Max fiel d , To w n of " 69 

Miscellaneous Notes, Wooster. Philbrook. McLintock, Miliiken, Flaherty, 

and Langd<>n • •« »• .46. 59 

Mount Desert ami Settlers 18 

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Mount Desert, Deeds 144 

Monson, Intention of Marriages 96 

Nash Families 155. 102 

Penobscot Expedition 144 

Penobscot, Distress of Inhabitants. 1779 . 41 

Penobscot, Town of, and Settlers 6, 55 

Philbrook, Jonathan and Family 177 

Pownalborough, Intention of Marriages 60 

Plaisted, Roger, of Kittery, aud Family ., 1,33 

Preble, Jedediah, of Penobscot 90 

Revolutionary Soldiers, Death of , .................239 

Risbworth, Edward, of York < ounty . , 53 

Riddall, General, Letter at Castine relating to Gen. John Blake.... 02 

Ross, l>ona!d, of Union River *,., 223 

Buggies, Abtl, of Carmel Qo 

Sedgwick and Settlers . . 16 

Schoodic River, Survey of Land* there J 64 

Somes, Abraham, and Family, of Mt. Desert ..........219 

Stauwood, Jwb, and Family, of Mt. Desert . 23 

Steuben, Town of .221-23 

Sullivan, James. His Petition, 1781 237 

Sullivan Deeds 85 

Surry, Old Deeds etc 93, 170 

Talbot Family as Legislators ...180 

Thomaston, Oration at Centennial Celebration, July 4, 1877, Edward B. Xoalley. ,...121. 
Thornkike, Ebenezer, His Petition in 1762, for land at Sandy Point now Stockton... 174 

Trenton and Settlers 98, 119, 120. 167 

Verona or Orphan's Island 67 

Whit comb, Johu, and Family of Scituate, Mass. and Maine..... 175 

Wiscasset Lodge, P. & A. M., History of.... 25 




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Vol. VIII. Bangor, Me., Jan., Feb., March, 1893. Nos.1,2,3. 


After the close of the French and Indian Wars 1759-60-61 the 
old soldiers and others turned their attention to the Eastward, 
Some towns in Massachusetts had voted in town meeting that 
"there was no more land in their towns than they wanted for their 
own inhabitants." At first Nova Scotia had the preference and 
in 1759 there went there 200 emigrants from Boston, 100 from 
Rhode Island, 100 from New London, Conn., and 180 from 
Plymouth. In 1760 and 1761 the shores of Eastern Maine began 
to be explored. Lumber and fish aud meadows were found in 
abundance. In 1762 in answer to many petitions the General 
Court granted six townships of land between Peno'oscot River and 
Mount Desert (now L T uion) river. These after being surveyed 
were No. 1, now Bucksport ; No. 2, now Orland ; No. 3, now 
Penobscot, Castine and Brooksville ; No. 4, now Sedgwick and 
Brooklin ; No. 5, now Blue Hiii ; and No. 6, now Surry and part 
of Ellsworth. 

At the same time six more townships were granted east of 
Union River; No. 1, now Trenton, which included part of Ells- 
worth and part of Hancock ; No. 2, now Sullivan which included 
part of Hancock; No. 3, now Gouldsborough ; No. 4, Steuben 
which included part of Cherryfield ; No. 5, now Harrington which 
included Millbridge; No. 6, now Addison. 

In 1762 ov seme ?<tocvs r Q6crzs iapoooea :o Iwva ^iea keevrii 

v -i. - - 

The First English Settlements in Eastern Blaine, 

only in modern times Mount Desert Island was granted to Gover- 
nor Francis Bernard. In 1785, June 23, the General Court took 
one-half of the Island away and gave it to Bartholomew and 
Maria Theresa De Gregoire who claimed the island by virtue of 
a grant made in 1691 to the grandfather of Madame De Gregoire. 
In 1788 to 1794 the island was divided by commissioners who 
gave De Gregoire and wife that part lying easterly of Somes 
Sound, and the other part to the heirs of Governor Bernard. 

Macbias, Deer Isle and Eastport were granted to settlers. 
Dennvsville which included Pembroke, and Perry were granted 
to Gen. Benjamin Lincoln and others. Robbinston was granted 
to Lieut. Gov. Robbins, of Milton, Mass. ; Calais to Waterman 
Thomas, of Waldoborough. 


There was probably not an English family east of Penobscot 
River prior to 1760 except, perhaps, John Staples who, it is said, 
lived near the French fort at Bagaduce Neck, now Castine, and 
had a son William born there Nov. 16, 1758. They have many 
descendants in and about Deer Isle. 

Many settlers crossed the river from Fort Pownal to Penobscot 
1761 to 1762. Ten of these remained. Some went up the river, 
others went eastward. Penobscot then included Castine and 
B rooks vi lie. In what is now Penobscot Joseph Basteen, Paul 
Bowden, Caleb Bowden, John Connor, John Grindle, Archibald 
Haney, (Brooksville), Thomas Wescott and Israel Yeazie are 
claimed by H. B. Wardwell as settlers in 1761. 

At Bagaduce Neck, now Castine, Reuben Gray. Joshua Gray, 
Jacob Dice, Jeremiah Vesey, John Trott., Samuel Trott, John 
Bakeman, and Solomon Averv were the first settlers I find. 
There were probably few families there 1761. In 1762 some 
settlements began at Deer Island by Michael Carney, Major 
William Eaton on Eggemoggin Reach. At Naskeag, now Sedg- 
wick and Brooklin by Andrew Black, Joseph Freethy, William 
Reed and others. 

At "Mount Desert we have the first reliable account of any Eng- 
lish family East of Penobscot River : — Governor Francis Bernard 
made a voyage to Mount Desert in October, 1762. He says in 

The First English Settlements in Eastern Maine. 3 

I • 

his Diary, Oct. 7, he went to the head of the Mount Desert 

Sound, now Somes* Sound, and "went ashore and into Somes' log- 
house, found it neat and orderly though not quite finished, and in 
it a notable woman, with four pretty girls clean and orderly." 


At Blue Hill, Joseph Wood and John Rouudy landed April 7, 
1762 and brought their families, in 1763 Nathan Parker, Nicholas 
Holt, Jonathan Darling, Daniel Coofo-ms, John Peters, James 
Candage and others. 

Surry — by Nicholas Wcvmouth, Matthew Patten and others. 

Trenton — by Stephen Hutchinson, Ephraim Haines, Roger 
Gookins and others. 

Union River, now Ellsworth — Benjamin Milliken, Samuel Milli- 
ken, Thjmas Milliken, Meletiah Jordan and others. 

Sullivan — Capt. Daniel Sullivan, for whom the town was named, 
John Bean, Josiah Simpson, Joseph Bragdon, John Preble and 

Bucksport — Col. Jonathan Buck, Joseph Gross, LuUghlin 
McDonald, Asael Harriman, Jonathan Fry and others. 

Gouldsborouirh — by Col. Nathan Jones and others and a year 
or two later Francis Shaw, Jr., from Boston ; the father of that 
great Boston merchant who was never ashamed of his native State ; 
Robert G. Shaw. 

Steuben — by Thomas Leighton, Sam. Leigh ton, John Yeaton, 
Tristram and Richard Pinkham, Henry Dyer and others. 

Harrington or Narraguagus which included Millbridge — by 
Joseph Wallace, Benj. Wallace, Jona. Small, Joseph Sawyer and 

Addison — by Wilmot Wass, John B uckn am and others. 

Columbia — by William and Noah Mitchell, John Bucknam, 
Joseph Wilson, Nathaniel and Matthias Whitney, Moses Worster, 
Wm. Injrersoll. 

Jonesborouo;h — by Judah Chandler, William Bucknam, Joel 
Whitney and others. 

Cherry field — by Joseph Bracy, Samuel Colson. John Foster, 

4 The First English Settlements in Eastern Maine. 

Shubael Hinckley, Alexander Campbell, William Nickels and 

Orland — by Joseph Gross, Ebenezer Gross, Joseph Wells and 


Was the most notable of all the early settlements east of Penob- 
scot River. In 1762, Scarborough men went there exploring. 
In 1763, they went there with families and built mills and houses. 
In 1771, they built their first meeting house, and in 1774, had 
their first minister. 


Eastport — Samuel Tuttle, Esquire, and John Shackford were 
there with their families in 1784, and found five families whose 
names are not known, but probably James Cochran, William 
Crow, William and Joseph Clark. 

Perry — Samuel Frost and Alexander Hodges probably the first 
English settlers on St. Croix Bay ; Abiah Damons, John Frost, 
Moses Lincoln, William Kilby who removed to Dennysville, and 

Robbinston — Jacob Boyden, William Bugbee, John Brewer, 
Samuel Jones, Joseph Porter, Samuel Leshure, Thomas Yose and 


Dennysville — by Theodore Lincoln, Theophilus Wilder, Laban 
Cushing, Daniel Gardner and others, May, 1786. 

Calais — by Samuel Hill, 1780?; John Berry and John Bohan- 
non later. 

Lubec — The history of this town is connected with that of 
Eastport, and was settled about the same time, 1783-4. 



1. History of Maine by Gen. James Sullivan, 1795. 

2. History of Maine, two volumes, by William D. William- 
son, upon which he was employed for nearly twenty-five years. 

3. History of Jonesborough, printed by C. O. Furbush of 
Machias, 1857. 



Books and Pamphlets relating to Eastern Maine. 5 

4. History of Castine by Dr. Geo. A. Wheeler, 1875. 

5. History of Calais by I. C. Knowlton, 1875. 

6. History of Eastport by W. H. Kilby, 1888. 

7. History of Pleasant River Settlements, Addison and 
Columbia by James A. Milliken, 1884?. 

8. History of Narrasruagus River Settlements, Steuben, Harl 
rington, Millbridge and Cherryfield by James A. Milliken, 1885? 

9. Sketch of Yinal Haven, 1889. 

10. Centennial Celebration Machias, May 20, 1863. 

11. Centennial Celebration of Dennysville, May 17, 1886. 

12. Centennial Celebration of Brooklin, July 4, 1876. 

13. Centennial Address Bluehill by R. G. F. Candage, Sept. 
7, 1880. 

14. Centennial Address Orrington by Hosea B. Wardwell, 
Sept. 14, 1887. 

15. Centennial Address Orrington by J. W. Porter, June 
28, 1888. Bangor Historical Magazine, vol. 5, page S6. 

16. Memoir of Robert G. Shaw, of Boston, containing much 
of the early history of Gouldsborough. 

17. Volume Five to Nine Maine Historical Society's volumes. 

18. History of Bucksport by Rufus Buck, 1857. Bangor 
Historical Magazine, vol. 1. 

19. Mount Desert Island, printed by N. K. Sawyer, Ells- 
worth, 1871. 

20. Bangor Historical Magazine, vol. 1 to 7 inclusive, 1885- 

21. Survey of Hancock County by Samuel Wasson, 1871. 

22. Eastern Maine in the Revolutionary War, 1867, by 
Frederic Kidder. 

23. Bangor Centennial, Sept. 30, 1869. 

24. Acadia by Joseph Whipple, Bangor, 1816. 

25. Statistical Views of Maine, by Moses Greenleaf, 1816. 


Penobscot) Castine and Brooksville. 


It is proposed in this volume to give some account of the early 
settlements east of Penobscot river, with more especial reference 
to the early settlers. 

The ancient town of Penobscot was No. 3 of the first townships 
granted and surveyed east of the Penobscot river. It was incor- 
porated Feb. 23, 1787, and originally comprised Castine incor- 
porated Feb. 10, 1796, and the larger part of Brooksville incor- 
porated June 13, 1817. 

Of the first English settlers it is hard to get a correct account. 
Many men came across the river from Fort Pownal in 1761-1762- 
1763. Most of these settled permanently, others went up river, 
or to the eastward. 


Joseph Basteen, John Grindle, 

Paul Bowden, Archibald Haney, 

Caleb Bowden, Thomas Wescott, 

John Connor, Israel Veazie. 


Timothy Blake, Abraham Stover, 

Joseph Lowell, Benjamin Curtis, 

Nathaniel Stover, Benjamin Howard, 

Jonathan Stover, Edward Howard, 

Jeremiah Stover, Andrew Webster. 


Moses Blake, 
Alexander Grant, 
Charles Hutchings, 17G8, 
Matthew Lymburner, 
William Marks, 
John Redman, 
Daniel Wardwell, 
Daniel Webster, 
Ebeu Webster, 

Israel Biake, 
Frederic Hatch, 
Giles Johnson. 
Benj. Lunt, 
Thomas Nutter, 
Matthew Varnum, 
Gershom Varnum, 
Joseph Webber, 
Andrew Webber, 

• Bangor Historical Magazine, Vol. V, Page 96, Mr. Wardwell says Aaron Banks, 
Andrew Herrkk, Charier Hutehings, Nathaniel Veazie and Andrew Wescott were 
early settlers. 

Penobscot, Castine and Brooksville. 


John Brav, 
Thatcher Avery, 
Ichabod Grindle, 
Peletiah Leach, 
Isaac Perkins, 
J oh a Stover, 
John Wilson, 

Seth Blodgett, 
Aaron Banks, 
David Hawes, 
Oliver Parker, 
Joseph Perkins, 
Jacob Sparks, 
Daniel Sparks. 

Elijah Winslow, 

feb. 3, 1763. 

Petitioners to General Court* from Majabagaduce asking for 
relief, claiming that the most of them were old soldiers and had 
£ot themselves comfortable houses and had cleared land. 



John Corson, or Condon, 
Jacob Dice, 
Stephen Goodwin, 
Joshua Gray, 
Andrew Gray, 
James Gray, 
Edward Howard, 
Benj. Howard, 
Stephen Littlefield, 
Nathan Lancaster, 
Ebenezer Low, 

S Leighton, 

G Leighton, 

Samuel Matthews, 
John Re a, 
Jonathan Sweet, 
Joseph Sessions (?), 

Thooca.s Sim (?), 

John Smart, 
Samuel Trott, 
John Trott, 

David Daly ( ?) , 

John Dame, 

John Daly, 

Joshua Eayr,f 

John Grindle, 

John Hanson, 

Archibald Hanev, 

Tristram Gluckham(P), 

Joseph Lowell, 

Thomas Leighton, % 

Thomas Leighton, Jr., 

Hatevil Leiohton, 

Samuel Leighton, 

John Moor, 

Josiah Parker. 
William Wescott, 
Samuel Wescott, 
Andrew Wescott, 
Jeremiah Stover, 
Ralph Stover, 
Jonathan Stover, 
Jeremiah Springer, 


Abner Lowell prior to 1771, went to Bucksport. 
William Dolliver prior to 1771, died in Penobscot. 
William Reidhead, 1785. 

* This .Magazine, vol. 3, p. 104. 

t Wen* - to Orono, 1774. 

+ These Lcightons all went to Xurraguagua. 

8 Penobscot, Castine and Brooksville, 


Governor Thomas Pownal, as he relates in his journal, 1 visited 
Pentagoet, May 27, 1759. He found the ruins of the old French 
Fort and settlements "which from the seite and nature of the 
bouses and the remains of fields and orchards had been once a 
pleasant habitation." 

Governor Pownal makes no mention of any settlers, but tradi- 
tion says that John Staples with his family lived near the old 
French Fort, and had a son William born there Nov. 16, 1758. 
This Staples moved to Deer Isle about 1760-4. It is said he was 
captured by a British ship-of-war, and was never heard from. 
His widow Mercy and sons lived at Deer Isle, and had many 
descendants. 2 

Jacob Dice was probably the first actual settler on the Keck. 
His lot was at what is now known as Dice's Head. Jacob Dice 
of Majabigwaduce, sold to Joseph Young of some place a lot of 
land April 10, 1771, for £200, described* as "bounded on the 
water side by Jeremiah Vesey lot on the one side and to run 
northwest to Penobscot Bay to a rock about fifty-four rods below 
high water mark, and to front on said Majabigwaduce River fifty- 
four rods till it comes to the land claimed by John Bakeman, 
thence to run west northwest until it comes to Penobscot Bay, 
thence to run on said Bay until it comes to the aforesaid Rock, 
containing about 150 acres more or less." I do not find Dice 
after this, but believe he went to St. Andrews. 

Jeremiah Vesey, had lot adjoining Dice. He was there in 
1762. He died prior to 1771. 

Thomas Vesey, was there prior to 1772. 

Reuben Gray sold lot to Aaron Banks, 1765. He had two 
children born there; Mary, b. Nov. 4, 1763, and Samuel, b. May 
8, 1767. He moved to Sedgwick after 1772. 

Joshua Gray had lot there Dec. 7, 1772. 

John Trott settled on lot at the N. E. end of the Peninsula. 
He sold out to Mark Hatch, Jan. 12, 1775, and removed to 
St. Andrews, Nova Scotia. 

• Lincoln County Deeds, Vol. VIII, page 246. 

1. Maine Historical Society Collections, Vol. V, p. 365. 

2. Hoaea B. Wardwell of Penobscot. 

Penobscot^ Castine and JBrooksville. 9 

Samuel Trott settled near Trott's Point, now Hatch's Point. 
He removed to St Andrews. 

Joseph Young, of Majorbigwaduce, bought a lot of land of 
Jacob Dice, April 10, 1771. He was in Cape Rozier in July 
17, 1783, when he sold a lot to Joseph and John Perkins, of 
Majorbigwaduce, for £300, "situated on Majorbigwaduce Neck ; 
^ beginning at the water side at the south west corner of the said 
John Perkins lot (it being that lot formerly owned by Jeremiah 
Vesey, deceased,) fronting on the water about fifty rods; thence 
to run north west, holding the aforesaid width of about fifty rods 
until it comes to Penobscot Bay." In 1787 he seems to have been 
at * 4 Penobscot" when he soldf May 1, 1787, a lot of land (which 
he bought of Jacob Dice) to Joseph Wardwell, of Penobscot, 
mariner, bounded as follows: "beginning at the northerly corner 
of Abraham Perkins' lot by the water side, and running first 
northerly forty rods, adjoining to the water, thence about south- 
east, hold the aforesaid width of forty rods adjoining the said 
Abraham Perkins' lot, until an hundred acres be made up." 

John Bakeman was there prior to 1764. Son John born there 
March 26, 1764. Moved to Cape Rosier, Brooksville, after 

Solomon Avery was an early settlerj about 1761. He died 
prior to 1784. Widow Lydia. 

John Perkins, from York about 1766-67. 

Joseph Perkins, from York about 1766-67. 

William Stover. 

William Wescott settled on the main land north of the 

Samuel Wescott sold land at Majabigwaduce, 22 August, 

David Wilson, there prior to 1774, moved away during the 
Revolutionary war, but returned and settled two miles above the 

Mark Hatch, of Marshfield, mariner, bought two lots of land 
of Edward Deacon of Boston, Dec. 7, 1772. One of these lots 

• Lincoln Records, Vol. 16, Page 277. 
t Lincoln Raconls, Vol. 21. Page 211. 
t Geo. H. Witherly, Bangor Historical Magazine, Vol. 3. p. 218. 

10 Penobscot, Castine and Broohsville. 

adjoined lots of Reuben and Joshua Gray. He, then of Maja- 
bigwaduce, bought a lot of John Trott, Jan. 12, 1776. He 
went away during Revolutionary war. Returned in 1785, and 
died in Castine. His estate continued in his family until a very 
recent date. 

Aaron Banks, from York, 1764, bought out Reuben Gray on 
the Neck. He built a house which was burned during the siege 
of Penobscot August 7, 1779. The British said he was loyal to 
thera. He sold out there to Oliver Mann, Sept. 21, 1785 and 
moved to the head of Northern Bay in Penobscot, where he died 
August 9, 1S23, aged So. Dr. Mann's estate many years after 
passed into the hands of the late Hon. Charles J. Abbott. 

In May, 1774 there were seven houses on the "Neck"; four of 
them were framed and the others were loo- houses.* 

In 1779 Aaron Banks, Jacob Dice, Mark Hatch, John and 
Joseph Perkins lived on the "Xeck". AYilliatn Wescott lived on 
the Main land north of it, and John Bakeman at Cape Rozier.f 
Rev. Daniel Little of Wells, preached several times at Majabig- 
waduce, now Castine, 1775 and 1786. Rev. Isaac Case, of 
Thomaston, preached at Penobscot in 1787 and prior. In May 
of that year several persons from Penobscot were admitted to the 
church in Thomaston, or taken intc its watch and care. J 


This part of the ancient town seems to have been settled the 

Archibald Haney settled on Haney's Point, opposite Castine, 
prior to 1762. 

John Grindle, whose daughter Mary was born May, 1775. 

John Bakeman, Senior, was first at the "Neck" and after- 
wards at Cape Rosier. Said to have erected mills there. § 

Samuel Marble, 1769. 

Joseph Young first lived at Majabigwaduce, after at Cape 

John Condon, at Buck's Harbor, prior to 1780. 

* GreenleaPs Ecclesiastical Sketches 1821, Page 156. 
t History of Castine, Page 198. 
t MillettN History of Maine Baptists, 1845, Page 97. 
$ History of Castine, page 199. 

Penobscot, Castine arid Brooksvilte. 11 

Jonathan Holbrook or his son Prince built mills at Goose Falls 
probably after the Revolutionary war. 

Elisha Blake, prior to 1776. 

William Roix. 

Eben Leiand. 

The following were petitioners to the town of Penobscot, as of 
Buck's Harbor, Cape Rosier and the south side of the river, 
1789 : Thomas Wasson, titer in Revolutionary war, served three 
years in the 15th Massachusetts Regiment. Said to have been 
75 years old July 15, 1818. Married Polly Carter in Castine, 
Dec. 16, 1788. John AVasson, musician in Revolutionary war, 
served three years in Col. Bradford's Regiment. Said to have 
been S\ years of aoe Julv 15, 1818. Samuel "Wasson, drummer 
in Revolutionary war, said to have been 74 years old March 4, 
1831. David Ilawes, Elisha Hopkins, Noah Norton, Thomas 
Kench, Ben Howard, John Bakeman, Sen., John Bakeman, Jr., 
John Condon, Edward Howard, Malachi Orcutt, Jacob Orcutt 
John Redman. 


During the British occupancy of Castine, from June 17, 1779 
to October or November, 1783, many Loyalists or Tories as they 
were then called, located there with the intention of permanent 
settlement. Thev went there with the idea that the Penobscot 
river would be the western boundary of Nova Scotia. They 
built houses and wharves. Gen. Samuel McCobb, of Georgetown 
reported May 16, 1784, that he "found there thirty-six houses, 
two wharves, and two store houses on wharves, the whole of the 
buildings said to have been built by the British Subjects and 
Loyalists." The British at one time during their occupancy con- 
templated erecting a dependency there to be called New Ireland, 
and went so far as to designate the officers for the government. 
Nothing came of this. In 1781 fifteen persons invited Rev. Jacob 
Bailey to go there and preach. He declined as he thought the 
situation "precarious," 

In the meantime the settlers began to be uneasy about their 

(Bunirur Historical Magazine, Vol. Ill, Pa<;e 120.) 
(Maine Historical Society, Vol. VII, Page 199.) 

12 Penobscot, Castine and Brooksville. 

lands, and they sent Doctor John Calef to England in 1781 to 
obtain a grant from the King.* He seems not to have been suc- 
cessful, for after he had been there a long time, he one day called 
on Lord North, when this matter was discussed. Finally North 
said, "Doctor, Doctor, it is of no use, we cannot make the 
Penobscot the western boundary. The pressure is too stron«\" 

As soon after as possible the Loyalists determined to emigate 
to Saint Croix. There they formed an Association called the 
Penobscot Associated Loyalists, and were afterward granted a 
tract of land on the east side of St. Croix river embracing the 
territory from St. Andrews to St. Stephens, and including both 
of those parishes. This was called the Penobscot Association 
Grant. After the Revolutionary war the Loyalists in Nova Scotia 
sold their lands on the Penobscot. 

I have prepared a list of those who appear to have been at 
Castine and Penobscot and went to St. Andrews. 

John Pagan, Robert Pagan, Esquire, from Portland, died Nov- 
23, 1821, aged 71; John Pagan, Jr., Thomas Wyer, Esquire, 
from Falmouth (Portland), died Feb. 24, 1824, aged 79; David 
Wyer, from Falmouth; Nathaniel Phillips, Thomas Phillips, 
Thomas Pagan, Daniel Brown, Neil Brown, Jeremiah Pote, Dr. 
John Calef, Matthew Lymburner, Finley Malcom, Benjamin 
Milliken, the founder of Ellsworth; William Reidhead, who 
returned to Penobscot; Samuel Trott, John Trott, Jonathan 
Greenlaw, from Deer Isle, died 1818, aged 80 ; Charles Greenlaw, 
from Deer Isle, died 1811, aged 65; Ebenezer Greenlaw, from 
Deer Isle, died 1801, aged 70; John Carlow. 

Other Loyalists there — John Carlton, Jr., Woolwich; 
Nathaniel Gardner, Edmund Dohertv, Doctor Mayer, Doctor 
James Tupper, Jacob Dyer. (Rev. Jacob Bailey's Memoirs,) 

• Relation of David Mowait, grandson of Dr. Calef, to Mr. Edward Jack of Frederic- 
ton, (grandson of Tuomas Wyer. a refugee.) See his letter to me Aug. 19, 18?5. 
(Bangor Historical Magazine, Vol. 1, page 97.) 

Deer Isles and Settlers, 13 


The first settlements were aloDg Eggemoggin Reach.* 
[ 1762. 

Michael Carney, an Irishman, settled on the north shore of the 

Major William Eaton, from Haverhill, settled on what is now 
the Scott farm, near the steamboat landing. He moved to Little 
Deer Lie, where he died in 1859. 

Jonathan, Charles, Ebenezer, Alexander and William Green- 
law settled on Campbell's Neck. They all moved to Castine and 
from thence to St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Two of the sons 
of Jonathan returned and settled at Deer Isle. 

John Billings, from Boston, settled on the lot next to Major 
Eaton. His son Timothy said to have been the first white child 
born on the Island, May, 1764. He removed to Brooksville or 
Sedgwick. Descendants numerous. 

John Staples, from Castine, settled on lot next to Thomas 
Thompson. He was impressed on board a British man-of-war in 
the Revolutionary war and was never heard from. Widow Mercy 
had his lot. Many descendants. 

Nathan Closson settled next southeast of Billings. 

Thomas Thompson, southeast of Closson. 

Jonathan Torrey, a native of Weymouth, Mass., settled south- 
east of Linn, on the Reach. 

John Tinker. 

Eliakim Eaton. 

David Torrey, son of Jonathan. 


"Province of the Massachusetts Bay, to his Excellency Francis Ber- 
nard, Esq., Captain, General and Governor in Chief of the said Prov- 
ince.' the Hon'ble His Majesty's Council and the Hon'ble House of 
Representatives in General Court assembled, Aug 4, 1762. 

The subscribers humbly show that sixteen of them have been at con- 
siderable expense at transporting themselves to a certain Island at the 
eastward, within this Province, situated on the southwest of Egemogen 
Reach, known by the name of Deer Island, which at high water seems 

♦ I am indebted largely to Mr. George L. Hosmer's History of Deer Isle. 

14 Deer Isles and Settlers. 

to be separated into two, tho' at low water appears to be one Intire 
Island, have built themselves Houses, and are with the rest of your 
Petitioners willing to bring forward a settlement there. Pray this Court 
for the Incouragement of so good a work, to make them a grant of the 
whole of said Island, or at least that end of it, settled upon as aforesaid ; 
which is accounted to be about six or seven miles in length, and two 
or three in breadth in the widest part thereof; tho' in some places not 
half a mile. Or otherwise to dispose of the whole of said Island to 
them, or only the southeast end aforesaid, as this Court in their Wis- 
dom shall think fit for such sum or sums of money as may be judged 
reasonable, and your Petitioners beg leave further to add that they are 
not Petitioners included in the twelve townships already granted. 

Daniel War dwell, George Lilly, 

Jeremiah Ward well, J°bn Winn, 

Dan'l Clark, *John Staples, 
Dan'l Clark, in behalf of Edward Ebenezer Low, 

Jones, Samuel Low, 

Jno. Stone, *Nathan Closson, 

Moses Sewall, *David Torrey, 

Daniel Holt, Joseph Thorns, 

Stephen Littlefield, * Michael Camay, 

William Grinnell, *John Tinker, 

*Jonathan Greenlaw, *William Eaton, 

*Ebenezer Greenlaw, *Eliakim Eaton, 

* Charles Greenlaw, John Cane, 

*Alex. Greenlaw, Enoch Hutchins, 

*William Greenlaw. Nathaniel Webber." 

Of the above I can place only those in Deer Isle who are marked * The others 
belonged on the northerly side of the Reach. 

William Foster, from Dedham, Mass., settled on the Greenlaw 
lands ; he had sons. 

John Campbell, on the lot adjoining Foster, south ; died 1820, 

aged 90. 

Dea. Thomas Stinson, from Woolwich, on Stinson's Neck, 
(1765) ; he had several sons. 

Thomas Canary, an Irishman, settled on Black Island; had 
several children. 

Benjamin Weed, Little Deer Island, then back to Deer Island. 


Geo. Freese, removed to Orono. 
Joshua Staples, son of John, a minor. 
.Moses Staples, son of John, a minor. 

Deer Isles and Settlers. 15 


Samuel Trundy from Cape Elizabeth was the first settler on 
the west side of the island, head of S. W. Harbor. 

"William Richards. 

Samuel Webb and son Seth from Windham, prior to that Wey- 
mouth, Mass., settled at Babbage's Neck ; lived there and on Lit- 
tle Isle Haut. Samuel Webb left descendants in Weymouth, 
who erected a monument in the old North Burrving Ground there 
upon which is the following inscription : "Samuel Webb, born in 
England 169B, died in Deer Isle, Maine, Feb. 15, 1785.'" 

Robert Linn ; Joseph Tyler had his lot. 

Thomas Stinson, Jr. 

John Pressev, John Pressev, Jr. 

Chase Pressev. 


Joseph Colby, Jr., Newbury. 
Elijah Dunham, Senior. 
Elijah Dunham, Jr. 


Nathan Dow, Dow's Point, John Dow, 

Theophilus Easton, N. W. liar- Jonathan Easton, 

bor. Job Small, 

Thomas Small, John Hooper. 
Ezekiel Morey, 


Lot Curtis, Zebulon Tuttle, 

Thomas Babbidge, 1775, Levi Carman, 1768, 

Ambrose Colby, 176s, Wm. Babbidge, prior to 1770, 

Benj. Cole, Senior, Nathaniel Bray, Sen., 

Josiali Crockett, 1768, Courtney Babbidge, 1763, father 

Jeremiah Eaton, son of Wm., of Wm. and Thomas, 

John Freese, William Eaton, Jr., 

Mark Haskell, Sen..* Dea. Francis Haskell, 1770, 

Jona. Haskell, 1770, Abijah Haskell. 1770, 

Ezekiel Haskell. 1768, Ephraim Haskell, 1768, 

Peter Hardy, prior to 1770, John Howard, Sen., 

Ezra Howard, Ephraim Marshall, 1768, 

Ezekiel Marshall, 1768, Charles Sellers, 1772, 

Robert Nason, Joseph Sellers, 1772 , 

John Kay nes, Sen., 1772, John Paynes, Jr., 1772, 

Samuel Pavnes, 1772, James Paynes, 1772. 

* Mark Hasfcfdl or his wife bad a female slave Phiiii.s born 1752. She married a 
colored ihau named Newport Rhode [.-land, who was a Revolutionary soMi^r. She as 
widow Phil'U Rho le Island applied tor a pension. >he married sec nd F ?t?r 
Williams, a nau of color. Her grand-daughter married Van Meter of Bar jor. 


Sedgwick and Settlers. 


Rev. Oliver Noble was there in 1773, aud organized a Congre- 
gational church, Aug. 1st; and notwithstanding their isolated 
situation the people enjoyed the regular ordinances of the Gospel 
at a period considerably earlier than any other town eastward of 
the Penobscot.* I do not see that Noble remained after 1773. 
In September or October, 1775, Eev. Daniel Little of Wells, 

preached, and baptized twenty-five persons and admitted three to 
the church. The first ordained minister was Rev. Peter Powers, 
in 176*5. 

Elder Isaac Case, from Thomaston, Baptist, visited the Island 
in 1784. He says in his journal that "Satan got there before 
me." There was not then the best of feelings between Orthodox 
and Baptists. 


This township was Aucient Naskeag and No. Four of the first 
townships surveyed east of Penobscot river. It was incorporated 
Jan. 12, 1789, and included Brooklin, which was set off and 
incorporated 1849. 

I find less of this town than of any other on the coast. A list 

of the first settlers is given, as full as can be ascertained. 

Andrew Black, 1762, 

Goodwin (?), 1762, 

John Black, 1762, 
Daniel Black. 1762, 
Ebenezer Herriek, Sen.,i 1765, 
Ebenezer Herriek, Jr., 1765, 
John Herriek, 1765, 

Joseph Freethy, 
William Reed, 
Keuben Gray, 1762, 
Shadrack Watson, 1762, 
Job Wells, 

Samuel Herriek, 1765, 
James Flye, 


Daniel Bridges, 
John Carter, Sen., 
John Carter, Jr., 
James (?) Cousins, 


John Billings, Sen., 
Enoch Blaisdeil, 
Joshua Trussell, 
John Black, 
David Dority, 
Nehemiah Allen, 
Robert Byard, 
William Grinnell, 
James Five, 1765, 


John Dority, 
John Allen, 
Joshua Snow, 
Silas Bunker, 
Henry York, 
Simeon Parker. 

.- 1 <}enle \Va Ecclesiastical Sketches, p?ge 158. 
. Ticki from Gloucester. 

Blue Hill and Settlers. 17 


In 1791, Rev. Daniel Merrill was chosen town minister of the 
Standing Order. A church was formed and Mr. Merrill ordained 
minister Sept. 17. 1793. It appears that some of the church 
members did not believe in infant baptism, and Mr. Merrill 
labored with them to change their views, but without avail. The 
church, however, adopted "the novel expedient of so altering their 
Confession of Faith as to make dissenting views no valid objec- 
tion to communion.* 

Uueasiness continued, and in 1805 Mr. Merrill and others 
became Baptists. May 13, 1805, he and his wife and sixty-four 
others were immersed. May 14, nineteen others were immersed 
and a Baptist "Church of Christ upon the New Testament Plat- 
form." Eighty-five more were immersed during the year, so at 
the end ot the first year the church had 170 members. This 
change from Orthodox to the Baptist church in Sedgwick created 
a great commotion in all the towns in the vicinity.' Next to the 
Revolutionary war it was the greatest epoch in the history of the 

Mr. Merrill was a good and useful man. He died 1833. He 
gave the Orthodox church there its death blow. 


AVas township No. Five east of Penobscot River. The planta- 
tion name was Newport or Blue Hill Pay.| The first settlers 
were : 

April 7, 1762, Joseph Wood, aged 42, and John Roundy, aged 
36, from Beverley, landed at Fore Falls, and began to make 
preparations for their families. In April of 1763, Mr. Wood's 
family came, and in November following Mr. Roundy's family 
arrived. Nathan Parker from Andover, married Mary, daughter 
of Joseph Wood, Dec. 24, 1764, and this was the third family. 
Mr. Samuel Foster and family from Andover, May, 1765, were 
the fourth family. Foster soon moved away. Nicholas Holt 
from Andover, with his family arrived May 27, 1765, the fifth 
family. Jonathan Darling from Andover, and his frmilv came 
May 27, 1765, the sixth family. Benjamin York and his family 
came next, but removed to Deer Isle after 1769. Daniel Coggins 
and family from Andover, Nov. 6, 1765. Thomas Ooggins from 
Beverly, Dec. 27, 1765. John Peters, Jr., from Andover, 
1765, then unmarried. He was grandfather of Chief Justice 

* Millett's History of Maine Baptists, page 265 

t 1 am indebted in this compilation to the Historical Address of R. G. F. Candage, 
Esquire, Sept. 7, 15S6, and also to the manuscripts of the late K. G. W. Dodge, Esquire. 


Blue Hill and Settlers. 


John A. Peters. James Candage, Jr., from Beverly, and family, 
1766. Great grandfather of R. G. F. Candage. 

Petition of settlers to General Court from Blue Hill Bay, Juna 
17, 1784, which o-ives a list of settlers: 

'This is to certify that John Peters of the Town aforesaid this day 
. "»sen by the Inhabitants of this Town to represent the true State 
oi . nrietors and Settlers on Said Township to the Committe 

chose. General Court of the Massachusetts State to receive 

examin u. .■ - of Land In the County of Lincoln (&c. &c.) 

Joseph Wood, . . . 
Nathan Parker, 
Jonah Dodge, . 
Jonathan Darling, 
Peter Parker, jr., . 
Nathan Parker, jr., . 
Ezekiel Osgood, jr., . 
Phineas Osgood. . 
Joseph Wood, jr., 
Joshua Horton, 
Benj'n Friend, . 
John Dodge, 
Ezekiel Osgood, . 
Robert Parker, 
Thomas Coggin, . 
Elisha Dodge, . . . 
John Peters, jr., . 
Marble Parker, 

Israel Wood, . 
Daniel Osgood, 
Robert Haskell Wood, 
James Candige, jr., 
John Candige, . 
John Randall, . 
Joseph Candige, . 
James Day, . . . 
Thomas Carter, . 
Nathan Osgood, . 
Nicholas Holt, 
John Roundy, jr., 
Josiah Coggin, 

f e of 





















Date of 
Proprietors' Sett! 

Obed Johnson, . . 


Jon'a Clay, 


Elizabeth Brown, widow, . 



Joshua Parker, . 

Joseph Parker, . 


Jos'a Titcomb, . 


Joshua Titcomb, jr., . 


Stephen Titcomb, 


David Carleton, . 

Moses Carelton, . 

Michael Carelton, 

Samuel Parker, 

James Candige, 

■ I) ■ 

> l 7 

Nicholas Holt, 




Christopher Osgood, 

• 17 

Ebene'r Hinkley, . 

Jon'a Darling, jr., 

• 1776 

Jon'a Day, 

. 1776 

Mathias Vickery, . . 

. 1776 

Susannah Hinkley, wid.,* 


Henry Carter, .... 

• 1783 

James Carter, . . 

. 17S1 

Lydia Day, widow, . 

. 1766 

Nath'i Cushing, . 

. 177S 

Jedediah Holt, 

. 1778 

Joshua Horton, jr., . 

. 17S2 

36 of the above — 7 of them, minors, all sons of Proprietors who are 
on ve "-round except Steph Titcomb, whose father has done ye duty on 
his right. 

Capt. Joseph Wood & Sons and John Roundy came and settled at 
Biuehill bay before the land was either granted or layed out &c &c &." 

• "Widow of Ebenezer. 

Mount Desert. 4$ 


March 7, 1768, a plantation meeting was called to see about 
hiring a minister "so that we may not bring up our children like 
the heathen." They voted "to raise money for to hire a person 
to preach the Gospel to us and for to pay his board." The First 
Church, Orthodox, was organized by Rev. Daniel Little of Wells, 
Oct. 7, 1772. Mr. Little was there asrain in 1774, Other m in- 
isters who preached there prior to 1796 were, Thomas Lancaster, 

Oliver Noble, Seth Xoble of Bamror, Currier, Sawyer, 

Reed, John Miller, James Lyon of Machias, and Rev. Jona- 
than Fisher, who was ordained the first minister July 13. 1796. 
Mr. Fisher was dismissed Oct. 24, 1837, and died Sept. 22, 1847, 
aged 79. 

Rev. Isaac Case and Rev. Elisha Snow, Baptists from Thomas- 
ton, preached there between 1784 and 1792, but "the people had 
such a strong passion for Pedo Baptist practise," that the Baptists 
did not make headway until Feb. 13, 1806, when a church of that 
order was organized, and John Roundy, Jr., was ordained the 
first pastor. 


Samuel Champlain found and named this Island in September, 
1604. Latitude 44° 30'. 

In May, 1613 the French Expedition for settlement in Acadia 
arrived ofF the east coast of the Island where they came to anchor 
in a fine larure harbor. It is not seen where this harbor was. 
They erected a cross and named the place Saint Savior. 

From Saint Savior they went to Asticou, three leagues distant 
latitude 44° 20' north. There they found a harbor the finest ever 
seen, as safe as a pond and protected by the large island of Mount 
Desert, and other small islands which break the winds and fortify 
its entrance. The outlook is to the south and east almost at the 
mouth of the Pentagoet (Penobscot) and where there are the 
outlets of several pleasant streams abounding in fish. There this 
Colony settled and stayed until they were driven away by the 

20 Mount Desert: 

It has been claimed that both these harbors were on Mount 
Desert, South West Harbor, but the last could not have been as 
it was "protected by the large Island of Mount Desert." The 

"*er of this article fails to End Asticou, and does not think it 
+ h West Harbor. 

Lv. r ^ 7 of France, May 24, 1689, made a grant in Acadia 

to M b^ "Mte Cadillac, which was supposed to include 

Mount Desei. ^1 on the main. In 1762 the Court granted 

the whole Island . '-nor Sir Francis Bernard. June "23, 

1785 Gov. Bernard m ^ne to England, the Court granted 

one moiety of the Island to . John Bernard, of Bath, Maine. 


July 6, 1787 the General (Joi anted unto Bartholomy De 

Gregoire and his wife Maria Theresa, (she "being the grand daugh- 
ter of the original grantee Cadillac,) the other moietv of the 
Island and the grant on the main land. The Island was divided 
and Bernard had that south westerly of Somes Sound. Then from 
these and the hrst settlers whose rights were protected, come all 
the titles on the Island. 


Governor Bernard was at the Island, South West Harbour, in 
1762. He relates in his journal, October 3, some people came on 
board his vessel and told him there were four families on. one of 
the Cranberry Islands and two up the river at what they called 
Somes Sound. 

October 4 the Governor went up to the head of the Sound and 
found Somes and his family there. Abraham Somes Jr. and 
James Richardson were the two first settlers. Whether they came 
there in 1761 or 1762 is not settled. Somes settled on the west- 
erly side of the Sound and Richardson probably on the easterly. 
Stephen Richardson a year or two later was at Bass Harbor. 
Christopher Bartlett on Bartlett's Island, Israel Bartlett at Pretty 
Marsh, John Thomas at what is now Eden. John Robertson was 
on Cranberry Island in 1762 and probably, Samuel Stanley and 
Isaac Bunker. Other early settlers were : 

Ebenezer Higgins, Josiah Black, 

Daniel Rodick, Amaziah Leland, 

Ezra Young, Levi Higgins, 

John Tinker, Thomas Richardson. 

Mount Desert. 




For protection against hay thieves was signed by : 

Abraham Somes, Elijah Richardson, 

Andrew Tarr, Benjamin Stanwood, 

James Richardson, Stephen C'-ott* 

Stephen Richardson, Daniel Gott, 

Thomas Richardson, Daniel Gott, Jr. 

Settlers on the eastern part of Mount Desert Island, on De 
Gregoire Grant prior to June 1, 1791. From John Peters' Field 
Notes, De Gregoire deeds and other sources : — 

3 t; 

Josiah Black, 

John Cousins, B Harbor, 

Joseph Bunker, B Harbor, 

Isaac Bunker, 

George Chilcot, 

Seth Done, 

Reuben Freeman, 

Reuben Freeman, Jr., 

Simeon Hadly, 

Samuel Hadloek, 

William Hopkins, 

Sterling Hopkins, 

Joseph Hopkins, 

Israel Higgins, B Harbor, 

David Higgins, 

Solomon Higgins, 

Stephen Higgins, 

Eleazer Higgins, 

Levi Higgins, 

Jesse Higgins. 

NehemHh Higgins, 

John II amor, Sen., 

John Hamor, Jr., 

Widow Mary Hamor, 

David Hamor, 

Daniel Hamor, 

Henry Knowles, 

Ebenezer Leland, 

Ezra Leland, 

Amaziah Leland, 

William Lvnam, 

John Manchester, Jr., 

John Manchester, 

Henry Knowles, 

John Chipper, or Chapman, 

Israel Higgins, 

Nicholas Thomas. 

Eliphaz Cousins, 

John Bunker, B Harbor, 

William Mason, 

Timothy Mason, 

Joseph Mayo, 

Samuel Milliken, 

Richard Major, 

Widow Sarah Paine, 

James Richardson, 

James Richardson, Jr., 

Daniel Richardson, 

Daniel Rodick, B. H. or David, 

Solomon Rider, 

Samuel Reed, 

Jonathan Rich, 

Elkanah Remick, 

Ebenezer Salisbury, 

Stephen Salisbury, 

Timothy Smallidge, 

Stephen Sargent, 

John Stanley, 

Margaret Stanley, 

Stephen Scott, 

John Smith, 

Humphrey Stanwood, B Harbor, 

Benjamin Stanwood, B Harbor, 

Davis Wasgatt, / 

Thomas Wasgatt, B Harbor, 

Thomas Wasgatt, Jr., B Harbor, 

William Wasgatt, B Harbor, 

Ezra Young, B Harbor, 

Robert Young. B Harbor, 

Elkanah Young, 

Amos Tnomas, 

Samuel Hadloek, Sen., 

Cornelius Thompson, 

• These Gotts probably of Gott's Island. 

22 Mount Desert. 

Settlers on the western part of mount desert, on the 
bernard grant, prior to 1884, whose lots were sur- 
veyed and allowed by charles turner, jr., stephen 
badlam, and salem towne, jr., commissioners, septem- 

.v:.\ 1808* 

«W "">an, easterly of Clark's Cove. 

James ^ ■ -nj, Dearly at head of Somes Sound, 

Abraham bu c -therly side of Somes pond and stream. 

Samuel Reed, so> ^de of Somes pond and stream. 

Daniel Somes, on the "itheast of Reed. 

David \S asgatt, west of L. . ig's pond, 150 acres. 
Andrew Tarr, northerly of Norwood's Cove, 171 acres. 
William Gillev, Norwood's Cove. 
Tyler Reed, Norwood's Cove. 
Geome Herman, Norwood's Cove, 102 acres. 
Ebenezcr Eaton, 270 acres on the Point at S. TV. Harbor. 
Joseph Legro, southwest side S. W. Harbor. 
Peter Dolliver, " ' ; 

Vugustus Rasnell, southwest side S. TV. Harbor, 90 acres, 
^drew Tucker, " " 

uel Bowden, " " 

min Ward, " " 

Jc Mayo, " " 

Wi Grow, » " 80 acres. 

Phi It mrley and Nancy Moore 167 acres. 

John ^ Grow, westerly of Langley, 120 acres. 

John Ri uthwest side S. TV. Harbor. 

Nicholas er " " 

Joshua No. 1, east side Bass Harbor. 
Wm. Norwc \, " " 

Abraham Rid '-on," " 

Thomas Richar> ' ; " 

Peter Gott, " " 

Thomas Richardso ., Bass Harbor Head, east side 110 acres. 

Daniel Gott, west s 'ass Harbor, 142 acres. 

Stephen Richardson, side Bass Harbor. 

Benjamin Benson, 

c < 

All had 100 acre lots except •* c : ed. 

Mount Desert. 23 

, _ ^ _ 

Daniel Merry's Heirs, Lopers Point. 
Enoch Wentworth, west side Duck Cove Head. 
William Nutter, between Duck Cove and Goose Core, 125 acres. 
Ezra H. Dod^e, at Dodge's Point, 145 acres. 
"William Heath, at head of Seal Cove. 
George Butler, north side of Seal Cove, 92 acre?. 
James Reed, " " westerly of Vnitler, 102 a. 

Ephraim Pray, Jr., Pretty Marsh. 

Widow Eaton, " 44 northerly of Pray, 67 acres. 

Ephraim Pray, " " 

Reuben and George Freeman, Head of Prettv Marsh, Harlow 352 


Other settlers on the Island prior to 1790, were : Reuben 

Noble, Benjamin Bowden, James C. Cockle, S. W. Harbor; 

Johu Tinker, committee 177G ; Amaziah Scolland, committee 177G. 


Mount Desert, Feb. 17, 1789 ; Eden, Feb. 22, 1796 ; Tremont, 
June 5, 1848. 


The first minister of whom we have any knowledge who 
preached there was that indefatigable missionary, Rev. Daniel 
Little of Wells, who was there in 1772 and 1774; Rev. Oliver 
Noble in 1773. Rev. Peter Powers of Deer Isle, preached there. 
The first church, Congregfationalist, was organized at what is 
now Somesville, Oct. 17, 1793. Ebenezer Eaton, a member of 
the church, was licensed to preach in 1793, and continued there 
for many years as stated supply. 

About 1790, Elders Snow and Case "raised the Baptist 
standard on the Island" and in 1799 a church of that order was 
organized at Hull's Cove, now Eden. A meeting house had been 
previously built. In time the Baptists out-voted the Orthodox 
and the former became the Town Church. The town voted Sept. 
IB, 1797, to give Rev. Benjamin Downs a call at $150 a year. 
In 1801 he was settled as minister. He was not successful and 
left prior to 1814. Millctt's history of the Baptist church at Eden 
omits all mention of his name. 

24 Job Stanwood and Col. Jonathan Eddy. 


Was born . \ oucester.* He married first Hannah Byles, 1749 ; 

M'ried sec\ Martha Bradstreet. After the second marriage 

Md to e gone to Mount Desert and settled at Duck 

Broc Ci "M. robably not in order: 

i. Z).i ' • ' wife. b. 1751 ; in. Mary Rust. Never went to Mount 


ii. Hannah B by second wife, b. Nov. 25. 1755. 

iii. Banjamin 1 treet was in Mount Desert 176S; a petitioner to the 

General Cc He in. first Margaret, of Thomas Wasgatt. He m. 

second Mrs. . h L. Hotchkiss of New York. 

iv. fl.UMPHREy, n. inee Higgins. He in. second Mrs. Hannah Higgins 

Leland. She .oril 27. 1S51, aged 73. He d. Oct. 22, 1S47. aged 


v. David, m. Eurric °;att; pub. Jan. 30, 1792. 

vi. Enoch, in. and res: n Nova Scotia. 

vii. Esther, in. first t v Tarr, Jr.. of Fern-aid's Point, and second 

David Bunker of l ~*rcek: pub. Oct. 12, 1709. 

viii.SALLY, in. David (o. : el) Rodick. She d. Feb. 19. 1S53, aged 77 

years, G months, B an. 20. 1S5G, aged SO years. G months. 

ix. Olive Stanwood. wic ought of Jonathan Rich of Mt. Desert, 

all his estate there du. er widowhood. March 31, 1702. 


EDDIXv N, 1790. 

Col. Eddv was the founder o linirton. He married Mary 

Ware of Norton. Mass., May 4, : . She was the daughter of 

Doctor William and Mary Maxe^ Attleboro, Mass. ; born 

Feb. 13, 1727. Mrs. Eddy's grai. . ther, Abigail Maxey, in 
her will (lately found) of Oct. 23 ^9, says: 'T give and 

bequeath to my granddaughter, Mary ?, on the behalf of her 

mother Mary, mv daughter, deceased, ( reat chest of drawers, 

two pairs of sheets, two pairs of pillow c one table cloth, and 

one towel, one great pewter platter, and pewter plates, and 

one porriger and two pewter spoons, some u* money, also my 
warming pan and £5 in currency of the F ce and one-third 

of all my wearing apparrel, lining and wollin . 

Some of the utensils are said to have been rht to Edding- 

ton when the family came. 
* This account was printed in part in the Bur Harbor Record. 

History of Lincoln Lodge of F. and 



The history of this Lodge from 1792 to 1862 was written by 
Bro. Rufus King Sewall thirty years ago. The purpose of this 
article is to preserve additional facts relating to the early history 
of the Lodge and its founders and builders. A copy of the 
original charter in the possession of the Lodge is given here : 

To all the Fraternity to Whom these Presents Shall Come : 

— *—, The Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Hon- 

( ) ourable Society of Free and Accepted Masons for the 

j seal | Commonwealth of Massachusetts, sends Greeting : 

— , — < Whereas a Petition has been presented to us by 

! Elijah Crooker, Jonathan Sawyer, Edward Creamore, 

Benjamin P'rizel, Christopher Woodbridge, John Bor- 
land, Thomas Boyd, Jr., Jos : Campbell, W : Jones, Jas : 
Eveleth, Ephm : Delano and Robt : Snow, all Ancient, 
Free, and Accepted Masons, praying that they, with 
such others, as shall hereafter join them, may be 
erected and constituted a regular Lodge of Free and 
Accepted Masons, which Petition appearing to us as 
tending to the advancement of Masonry and the good 
of the^Craft: 

KNOW YE therefore, That We, the Grand Lodge 
aforesaid, reposing special trust and confidence in the 
prudence and fidelity of our beloved Brethren above 
named, have constituted and appointed, and by these 
John Cutler, Presents, do constitute and appoint them the said E : 
Crooker, Jona : Sawyer, E : Creamore, Benj : Frizel, C : 
Grand Master. Woodbridge, J no : Borland, T : Boyd, Jr., Jos : Camp- 
bell, W : Jones, Jas : Eveleth, E : Delano, and Robt: 
Snow, a regular Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, 
under the Title and Designation of Lincoln Lodge, hereby 
giving and Granting unto them and their Successors, full 
Power aDd Authority to convene as Masons, within the 
Town of Wiscas^et, in the County of Lincoln and Com- 
monwealth aforesaid, to receive aDd enter Apprentices, 
pass Fellow-crafts, and raise Master-Masons, upon the 
payment of such moderate compensations for the same 
as may be determined bv the said Lodge ; also to make 
choice of a Master, Wardens, and other Orlice-Bearers, 
annually or otherwise, as they shall see cause ; to 

incoln Lodge of F. and A. M* 


'°ct Funds for the relief of poor and dis- 
■1 ?ir Widows or Children, and in 
^ to ii- : »c* ull .'; * f ers relating to Masonrv, 

_iich mav to them <.., • > i ■ for the good of the 

Craft, according to the aiici . usages and customs of 

And We do hereby require the said constituted Breth- 
ren to attend the Grand Lodge at their Quarterly Com- 
munications, and other Meetings by their Master and 
Wardens, or by Proxies regularly appointed ; also to 
keep a fair and regular Record of ail their Proceedings, 
and to lay them before the Grand Lodge when required. 

And we do enjoin upon our Brethren of the said 
Lodge, that they be punctual in the quarterly payment 
of such sums as may be assessed for the support of the 
Grand Lodge, that they behave themselves respectfully 
and obediently to their Superiors in Office, and in all 
other respects conduct themselves as good Masons. 

And we do hereby declare the precedence of the said 
Lodge, in the Grand Lodge and elsewhere, to commence 
from the first Day of June, 5792. 

Master and Grand Wardens, by virtue, 
of the Power and Authority to us com- 
mitted, have hereunto set our Hands, 
and caused the Seal of the Grand 
Lodge to be affixed, at Boston, this 
first Day of June Anno Domini 1792, 
and of Masonry, 5792. 

JOSIAH BARTLETT, Sen. Grand Warden. 

MUNGO MACKAY, Jen. Grand Warden. 

By Order of the Grand Lodge, 

THO- FARRINGTON, Grand Secretary. 

This wa 
two Grand 1 
land for sev. 
land Lodire, i 
1769, by the i 
organized by v 
Boston in 1733, 
Accepted Masor. 
Scotland, with a > 
provinces, appoin 

first charter granted by the Grand Lod^e of 

body formed March 5, 1792, by the union of the 

?s which had claimed jurisdiction in New Enir- 

years prior to that date. Falmouth, now Port- 

irst. lodge in Maine, was chartered March 30, 

• ncial Grand Lodge, which was a grand body 

of a commission issued to Henry Price of 

iOrd Montagu, Grand Master of the Free and 

England. In 1757, the Grand Lodge of 

to claim authority throughout the American 

a Provincial Grand Master for North 


History of Lincoln Lodge of F. and A. 31. 

America and the grand body created under that appointment was 
known as Massachusetts Grand Lodge. In 1778, this last named 
grand lodge chartered Warren Lodge of Machias, which was the 
second lodge chartered in Maine. The triumphant assertion of 
the independence of the colonies and their union was followed by 
a settlement of all the differences and conflicting claims which had 
existed between the two grand Masonic bodies of Massachusetts 
and they united as one Grand Lodge. Lincoln Lodge was the 
first subordinate body authorized by the new Grand Lodge and 
the third lodge established in Maine. 

The history of Freemasonry in Maine shows that at the date 
of this charter members of the fraternity could be found in nearly 
all of our coast towns. Only four or five of the petitioners named 
in the charter were then citizens of Wiscasset, or Pownalborough 
as was then the corporate name of the town. 

James Eveleth had received the degrees ot Masonry in St. 
Andrew's Lodge, Boston. He was a cabinet maker by trade and 
had previously lived, it is said, for some time in Gloucester, 
Mass. During his residence of about ten years in Pownalborough 
he seems to have owned various lots of land in the town. He 
was inclined to speculate a little in real estate, for in 178(3 he 
bought of Captain Jonathan Williamson "Quarter Acre Lots or 
Ground Platts" Nos. 50 and 42 on Whitehaven Point. He 
removed to the Sandy River region, and with his son Joseph was 
at Industry as early as 1809. His grandson, the Rev. Jared F. 
Eveleth of Bluehill, under date of August 30, 1892, wrote: 
"I remember him as I saw him in my boyhood days, an old man 
"supported by his cane. He then resided in New Sharon while 
"our home was in the adjoining town of Industry. I remember 
"him as a man of considerable intelligence, a great reader and a 
"disciple of Tom Paine. He died in N. Sharon." 

Elijah CpwOOKer, a master mariner, resided in Wiscasset for a 
much shorter period than Eveleth. In June, 1792, he acquired 
the title to land at Main and Water streets that was afterwards 
for a long time known as Stacy's Corner. In the proceedings 
wherebv the title passed from him a few years later his residence 
appears to have been in New York. 

Morv of Lincoln Lodge of F. and A, 31. 

.. Jones was nrst aam. ; Q mber of the fraternity in 

Unity Lodge, Ipswich. He was the ! ■ r naker of Wiscasset 

and occupied one-sixth part of Quarter x^ x>t No. 16 situated 
on the western side of Water street. 

Benjamin Frizel, who had resided in Wiscasset since 1759, 
lived on the eastern side of Fort Hill street near where it is now 
intersected by Bradbury street. A mariner by occupation, he 
died in Liverpool in 1796 and was buried by the members of 
Lodge No. 25 of that place. 

Robert Snow appears to have been a resident of Wiscasset at 
the time when the Lodsre was established. He was the son of 
Elisha Snow, better known as Elder Snow, of Wessaweskeag 
(now South Thomaston.) Elder Snow was the father of seven 
sons, all of whom are said to have been members of the fraternity 
and all master mariners. Robert, the second son, was born at 
Harpswell, March 14, 1762. The records of Warren Lodge at 
East Machias show that he became a master mason in that lodge 
May 21, 1788. He was then described as Capt. Robert Snow, 
showing that he was thus early in command of a vessel. He died 
at Bridgeport, Barbadoes, February 17, 1803.* 

Four of the petitioners lived in Boothbay. Of that number: 

John Borland, then located at what is now East Boothbay, 
soon after removed to Damariscotta Mills where he continued to 
reside until his death in 1814, aged 62 years. f 

Edward Creamore (or Creamer, as the name is now spelled), 
a physician by profession, was also engaged in shipbuilding and 
trade in Boothbay, where he owned a tract of land near Adams 
Pond and land on the western shore of Boothbay Harbor. He 
afterwards resided in Pownal borough and it is believed that he 
died in Salem. Dr. Creamore has descendants living in Waldo- 

Thomas Boyd, Junior, was a grandson of James Boyd, a 
Scotch-Irish Presbyterian, who settled at Pemaquid. He lived in 

* A grandson of Captain Snow, Captain Israel L, Snow, and his son Israel are mem- 
bers ot Rockland lodges, 
f His son, Captain John Borland, received the masonic degreed in Ireland about the 

Lear 1S07. His kTandsou. Captain Samuel Borland of Newcastle, is a member of Alna 
odge of Damariscotta. 

History of Lincoln Lodge of F. and A, M. 29 

Jonathan Sawyer also resided in Boothbay. The descendants 
of Boyd and Sawyer are numerous in that town. 

Ephraim Delano, whose descendants are living in Woolwich and 
Bath, was a master mariner. He, together with Joshua Hilton of 
Wiscasset, who was for some years treasurer of the Lodge, owned 
the ship Accepted Mason, upon account of which a French spoila- 
tion claim was recently paid. His home w r as in Woolwich on 
land bordering upon the bay near Hell Gate, so called. 

Joseph Campbell, a master mariner, then resided in New- 
castle. He was a brother-in-law to Borland, and soon after 
removed to Boothbay. 

Christopher AVoodbridge, familiarly known as "Kit Wood- 
bridge " had been a soldier in Washington's army. The lo^ cabin 
in which he lived stood on the neck of land which was the site of 
the ancient Sheepscot Farms. 

The petition of these Freemasons for the grant of the charter 
was dated at Wiscasset, 2l>th April, 1792, and it was carried to 
Boston by Eveleth in May. His trip to Boston and return includ- 
ing his stay there occupied twenty-four days. He was, as 
requested in the petition, appointed Master of the Lodge, and 
upon his return summoned the brethren to meet on the 19th June 
for the purpose of organizing. There is pretty good evidence 
that the first meeting was held at the house of Captain John 
Sevey in Middle street. There were present at that meeting five 
of the petitioners, viz : — the R. W. Master, Winzer Jones and 
Robert Snow, who had been appointed S. W. and J. W. respec- 
tively ; Benjamin Frizel and Thomas Boyd, Junior; and from his 
humble cabin perched among the hill overlooking the upper nar- 
rows of the Sheepscot came Brother John Kean, who, with 
Captain Josiah Goddard, made seven in all. The Lodiie being 
met in due form opened upon the first step of Masonry and pro- 
ceeded to business. The fees for the degrees were fixed at £3, 
18s. David Silvester, Esquire, David Silvester, Junior, and 
Captain Robert Erskine Morrison, being each duly proposed to 
be made Masons, were voted for, and the vote in each case being 
unanimous they were made accordingly. Thomas Boyd, Junior^ 
was then chosen Secretary, and David Silvester, Esquire, was 

History of Lincoln Lodge of F. and A. M. 

chosen Treasurer. The R. AY. Master and Brothers David Silves- 
ter and John Kean were appointed a committee to form a system 
of bye-laws for the use of the Lodge. The seventh meeting was 
held July 23, 1792, when the M. M. degree was conferred upon 
David Silvester, Thomas Boyd, Junior, and "William Barker. Of 
these three the first to receive the decree was David Silvester, who 
had already been chosen Treasurer of the Lodge. He was a son 
of Joshua and Mary Silvester, who settled in Wiscasset about 
1738 or '39 under the Boston Company. He was born here May 
31, 1742. The elder Silvester for some years occupied a farm lot 
situated southwesterly of the village. lie also claimed a town lot 
situated near the site of the garrison house which stood on Fort 
Hill street, quit-claim deeds of which were executed by several 
of his children after his decease. 

David Silvester was reared in the place of his birth amid all 
the perils of a frontier life. The family, in which he was the 
oldest son, lived in the fort in two wars and his youngest sister 
Rachel was born in the fort. Through his habits of industry and 
superior qualities of mind and character he became one of the 
most respected and influential citizens of his town. Fie tilled 
many positions of trust and responsibility. He was for many 
years a selectman and the town clerk of the town of Pownal- 
borough, and for several terms he represented the town in the 
General Court. In 1777, when Sir George Collier, appearing in 
our harbor in the British frigate Rainbow, found his vessel 
entrapped by the militia men of Lincoln County assembled upon 
the neighboring highlands of the Sheepscot, he required that two 
"respectable citizens" of Wiscasset should be delivered into his 
custody as hostages for his unmolested passage to the sea. David 
Silvester and Judire Rice became such hostages. The record of 
the facts of this incident in Silvester's life and in the history of 
the town has been rescued by Mr. Sewall and may be found in 
interesting detail in his History of Lincoln Lodge. David Sil- 
vester was in early life a surveyor of lands. He subsequently 
became interested in shipbuilding and during the last years of his 
life he was actively engaged in the trade with the British Isles. In 
the summer of 17b'G he bought of Benjamin Frizel Quarter Acre 
Lot No. 14 in the survey of town lots and in course of time 

History of Lincoln Lodge of F. and A. M, 31 

acquired the title to an adjoining lot, No. 5, and upon this tract 
comprising half an acre situated between Water and Middle 
streets he built his residence, directly in front of which on the 
opposite side of Water street were located his wharf and dock 
where his cargoes were shipped and discharged. Every move- 
ment in aid of the advancement of the interests of this locality 
received his hearty support. In 1785, in connection with Moses 
Davis, he was licensed to keep a ferry across the Sheepscot river 
at Wiseasset and Edgecomb. His signature appears as a member 
of the proprietor's committee upon the contract dated 24th May, 
1793, for the erection of Wiseasset Hall, a building which was 
afterwards sold to the County of Lincoln and for many years 
occupied as a court house. Under a charter granted 22nd June, 
1793, he was one of the original proprietors of the toll bridge 
between the towns of New Milford (now Alna) and Newcastle 
and owned one-third of the same. 

A momentary glimpse behind the curtain separating us from 
the past shows that Maine was at that time emeraino; from the 
great depression of its business consequent upon the protracted 
struggle of the colonies with the power of Great Britain, and that 
Wiseasset had entered upon a period of great prosperity. The 
land upon which the tillage stands had been in the possession and 
occupation of our forefathers for nearly three score years- Several 
of the early settlers still lived upon the lands which had by their 
etforts been first cleared of the forest. In common with all of this 
part of Maine much trouble and litigation had arisen from con- 
flicting titles to the land and it was not until June, 1792, that the 
rights of the occupants of much of the land in the village were 
perfected. In that month a committee of the Wiseasset Proprie- 
tors, as those holding under the Indian deeds to George Davie 
were termed, visited Wiseasset and were occupied for several 
weeks in negotiating the terms for a release of their claims. 
Shipbuilding had been carried on here for upwards of fifty years 
and the shipyards of Wiseasset stretched along the shore from the 
t4 end of the Point'' nearly up to Mill Creek, and her ships sailed 
to many a port of the British Isles, Fiance, Spain and Portugal. 
•n addition to its rapidly growing commercial importance it was 
then and long after the center of the civil, judicial and political 

32 History of Lincoln Lodge of F. and A. M. 

life of our county. The establishment of Lincoln Lodge and the 
influence of its teachings and its frequent public ceremonials con- 
tributed in no small degree to the importance of the town. 

At the first election of officers of the Lodge, held 27th Decem- 
ber, 1792, David Silvester was chosen Master. Pie was annually 
re-elected to that office until his death in 1798. He was so 
closely and prominently identified with the early history of the 
Lodge that Doctor Samuel Adams, who was for many years a 
resident of Wiscasset and a member of the Lodge, in writing of 
him more than a quarter of a century after his death, called him 
"the founder of Lincoln Lodge." Silvester's standing as a mer- 
chant and the frequent visits of members of the Lodge to English 
ports in the constant traffic then carried on from this port led to 
many exchanges of favors and courtesies with lodges and with 
individual members of the craft in England. Soon after Silves- 
ter's first election as Master the Lodge was the recipient of a piece 
of Liverpool ware decorated with Masonic emblems and bearing 
this inscription : 

Bro. Marsh, 

sworn measurer of Timber, &c., in 

LlVERrOOL, Eng., 

presents these trifles to 


of Wiscasset, 



At the seventieth meeting held June 1st, 1795, the Lodge 
"proceeded to business, first by voting their sincere thanks to 
"Brother John Marsh of Liverpool in the Kingdom of Great 
"Britain, for his token of friendship to this Lodge in sending a 
"present of twelve Glasses to it." John Marsh, to whom the 
thanks of the Lodge were thus extended, was Past Master and 
Secretarv of Lodee No. 25 under the Grand Lodire of England. 
The records and tiles of the Lodge show that sojourners and way- 
farers from England were frequent visitors at its meetings. 

History of Lincoln Lodge of F. and A. 31. 38 

Master Silvester's wise and skilful direction of the concerns of 
the Lodge attracted many applicants for its rights and benefits. 
Perhaps the work of his last year, 1797, is the most interesting. 
The roll is as follows: Silas Lee, Abiel Wood, Jr., Thomas 
McCrate, Franklin Tinkham, William Taylor, Joshua Hilton, -i- 
John Hilton, Joseph Tinkham and Seth Tinkham, all of Wiscas- 
set, the first three of whom were successively chosen to administer 
the affairs of the Lodge ; Rev. Thurston Whiting, of Warren ; 
Samuel Sumner Wilde and Waterman Thomas, of Waldoborough ; 
and William King, who became the first governor of the State 
and the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maine. 

In February, 1796, the Lodge was called to mourn the death 
of its beloved master, who died on the 25th day of that month. 
His funeral occurred on the first day of March, and was the first 
conducted by the Lodge. There was a general attendance of the 
members of the fraternity including a large delegation from Ken- 
nebec Lodge of Hallowell, then the nearest lodge. The funeral 
sermon was preached by the Rev. Thurston Whiting. 

The only lodges in Maine when the Freemasons of Wiscasset 
and vicinity applied for their charter were Portland Lodge of 
Portland, and Warren Lodge of East Machias. The first to ask 
the approval of a petition for a new lodge to be established within 
what mav be called the original jurisdiction of Lincoln Lodge 
were General Henry Dearborn, Nathaniel Dummer, Esq., Captain 
Molloy and other Freemasons residing in Hallowell and vicinity, 
whose petition was followed by the constitution of Kennebec 
Lodge of that place. The next application for recommendation of 
the grant of a charter for a new lodge was made by Jacob Brown, 
Esq., James Rogers, Esq., Ziba Eaton, Gentleman, and Michael 
Howland, Physician, all of whom were members of Lincoln Lodge, 
and nine other members of the fraternity, as a result of a meeting 
held "at the dwelling house of John Dunning, Innholder, in the 
"Town of Brunswick," Oth December, 1799, when and where they 
formulated their petition to the Grand Lodge ''to be constituted 
into a regular Lodge to be holden at Topsham in the County of 
Lincoln and to be called 'The Androscoggin Lodge.'" Lincoln 
Lodge within a few years after received requests for approval of 
petitions for charters for lodges at Saco, Farmington, Bath and 

34 History of Lincoln Lodge of F. and A. M. 

Thomaston and unanimously recommended favorable action there- 
on by the Grand Lodge. This encouragement of the establishment 
of new lodges and the ready approval of the petition of certain 
master masons residing in Alna and vicinity, four of whom, 
George Jones, Charles Wilkins, Aaron Young and Daniel Carle- 
tou, Jr., were members of Lincoln Lodge, for the charter of Alna 
Lodge in 1822, as also in later years that for the charter of Sea 
Side Lodge at Boothbay, may well entitle Lincoln to be called 
the mother of lodges in this part of Maine. 

In the early years of the Lodge its members did not fail to observe 
annually the Festival of the Holy St. John the Baptist by a 
gathering of the craft and "a walk in procession" which was often 
followed by a public oration and always by a banquet. The first 
of such celebrations was held in 1793, on which occasion the 
lecture or sermon was delivered by the Rev. Jonathan Gould, 
who was then engaged in preaching in TViscasset. This sermon 
is entitled "Christ, the Master Builder," and is believed to be the 
oldest Masonic sermon delivered in Maine, which has been pre- 
served. The original MS. has recently come to light in Warren, 
Maine, where it had for many years been in the possession of A. M. 
Wetherbee, Esq., an indefatigable collector of curiosities. That 
the "social convivial" side of their gatherings appealed strongly 
to the senses of the members is evinced by the bills of expenses 
of banquets and suppers found preserved in the files of the Lodge 
and by the following extract from Rev. Mr. Gould's address : 
"The genius of y'r institution leads its Members to those social 
"convivial hours in which ye cords of Friendship are strengthen^] 
"by ye social banquet and ye fraternal affections are warm'd and 
"animated with ye cheer' Glass — She sees them with compla- 
"cency innocently tasting ye Joys of Friend'p and Mirth on 
"these Occasions — But must behold with an indignant frown's: 
"Countenance any excesses, any unlawful indulgences — I fondly 
"hope each member of ye Fraternity will be persuaded to not 
"provoke her censures ; or at any time rouse her indignation." 

Several of the following named St. John's Day orations before 
this Lodge were printed and copies may possibly be found in old 
libraries or collections of pamphlets. 


History of Lincoln Lodge of F. a?id A. M. 2>5 

1794, Lecture by Rev. Alden Bradford, minister of the First Parish 
Church, Wiscasset. 

1797, Lecture by Rev. Alden Bradford, minister of the First Parish 
Church, Wiscasset. 

1799, Oration by Samuel Sumner Wilde, Esq., a member of the 

1800, Address by Jacob Brown, Esq., a member of the Lodge. 
1805, Oration by John Merrill, Jr., Esq., a member of the Lodge. 
1807, Address by Samuel Parker, Esq., a member of the Lodge. 

1812, Oration by Edmund Flagg, Esq., a member of the Lodge. 

1813, Address by Rev. Freeman Parker, a member of the Lodge. 
1815, Oration by John H. Sheppard, Esq., a member of the Lodge. 
1818, Address by Dr. Moses Shaw, a member of the Lodge. 
1831, Address by John H. Sheppard, Esq., a member of the Lodge. 
During its century of existence the total membership of the Lodge 

has been 580. 

The following is a list of the Masters of the Lods;e from 1792 to 

w CD 


James Eveleth, 1792. 

David Silvester, 1793 to 1798 ; died 25 February, 1798. 

Silas Lee, 1798 and 1799 ; died 1 March, 1814. 

Abiel Wood, Jr., 1800 to 1803 inclusive ; died 1834. 

Thomas McCrale. 1804 to 1806 inclusive ; died 30 June, 1835. 

John Merrill, Jr., 1807 to 1809 inclusive ; died June, 1816. 

Abiel Wood, Jr., 1810 to 1812 inclusive. 

Samuel Parker, 1813 to March, 1814; died 21 March, 1S14. 

Edmund Flagg, 1814 and 1815 ; died 14 December, 1815. 

Philip E. Theobald, 1816 to 1818 inclusive ; died 8 July, 1846. 

John B. Mange, 1819 to 1821 inclusive; died 31 August, 1862. 

John H. Sheppard, 1822 to 1824 inclusive ; died 25 June, 1873. 

Edmund Dana, 1825 and 1826 ; died 27 Juue, 1875. 

Nathan Clark, 1827 to 1829 inclusive; died 9 December, 1837. 

Asa F. Hall, 1830; died 15 September, 1875. 

Henry Clark, 1831 to 1851 ; died 2 September, 1871. 

Thomas B. Johnston, 1852 : died 25 November, 1881. 

Erastus Foote. Jr., 1853. 

Daniel K. Kennedy, 1854 to 1860 inclusive. 
[, Calvin R. Ilaraden, 1861 ; died 23 December, 1874. 

Daniel K. Kennedy, 1862 and 1863 ; died 26 August, 1873. 
I Erastu3 Foote, 1864 and 1865. 

George B. Sawyer, 1866 and 1867. 

Calvin R. Haraden, 1868. 

36 History of Lincoln Lodge of F. and A. 31. 

James C. Henderson, 18G9 ; died October. 1890. 

Joseph W. Taggart, 1870 to 1872 inclusive. 

Reuben M. Brookings, 1873 and 1874; died 3 December, 1888. 

Edwin Farnham, 1875 to 1877 inclusive. 

T. Oarleton Dole, 1878 and 1879. 
J. Albert Dunton, 1880 to 1882 inclusive. 
Edwin Farnham, 1883. 
Amasa P. Sherman, 18S4 and 1885. 
Joel E. Dodge, 1886. 
James S. Merry, 1887 and 1888. 
Algenon A. Sbortwell, 1889 to 1891 inclusive. 
Wilbur F. Merrill, 1892. 
The Secretaries of the Lodge have been : 
Thomas Boyd, Jr., in 1792. 

William Barker, 1793 and 1794; died August, 1799. 
Robert Light, 1795. 

David Silvester, Jr., 179G and 1797; died 1806. 
Joseph Tinkham, 1798 to 1801 inclusive; died 3 November, 1802. 
Jonathan Bowman, Jr., 1802 ; died 21 August 1808. 
Seth Tinkham, 1803 to 1806 inclusive ; died 29 September, 1828. 
Warren Rice, 1807 to 1812 inclusive; died 13 December, 1851. 
John H. Sheppard, 1813 to 1815 inclusive ; died 25 June, 1873. 
David Crowel, 1816 and 1817. 
Warren Rice, 1818. 

Asa F. Hall, 1819 to 1824 inclusive: died 15 September, 1875. 
Warren Rice, 1825. 

Seth Bartlett, 1826 ; died 9 May, 1827. 
James Taylor, 1827 to 1849 ; died 26 October, 1879. 
Frederick' A. Sawyer, 1850; died 1891. 
Thomas II. Merrill, 1851. 

Samuel P. Baker, 1852 and 1853 ; died 12 May, 1875. 
Calvin R. Haraden, 1854 ; died 23 December, 1874. 
Silas W. Robinson, 1855 to 1858 inclusive. 
Charles M. Haraden, 1859; died 19 March, 1863. 
George B. Card. 1860. 
Joseph W. Taggart, 1861. 
Charles M. Haraden, 1862. 
Joshua Young. Jr., 1803 ; died 15 April, 1875. 
Joseph J. Kennedy, 1864 and 1865; died 11 September, 1871. 
Silas VV. Robinson, 1866. 
Fenelon G. Barker, 1867 to 1870 inclusive. 
Charles H. Blagdon, 1871. 

Charles M. Am^s. 1872 ; died 18 February, 1873. 
Joseph W. Taggart, 1873 to 1875 inclusive. 
Frederick W. Bewail, 1876. 
Joseph W. Taggart, 1877 to 1879 inclusive. 

Reuben M. Brookings, 1880 to 1883 inclusive; died 3 December, 

William D. Patterson, 1884 to 1892 inclusive. ' 

Bangor Families. 37 



Caft. Isaac Hatch came to Bangor about 1800 and built a 

two story frame house on Main street, where be kept an inn until 
his death. After that his widow and son Thomas F. continued in 
the same business for some years. The house was situated where 
the Bangor Exchange now stands and was known as Hatch's Inn, 
Hatch's Tavern and the Hatch House. Capt. Hatch died Aug. 
19, 1816, aged 51. Mrs. Abigail Hatch died Dec. 30, 1847, 
ajred 79. Children as far as known : probably not in order: 

i. Thomas F.,* lived in Bangor; m. first Mary Young; pub. Oct. 17, 

1S30. He m. second Martha Young; pub. Nov. 21,1833. He d. 
July 25. 1S39. aged -11. Children : 

1. Susan Patten, b. June 27. 1831, of Mary. 

ii. Nathaniel, b. 19 Oct.. 1S01. Merchant. Married Elizabeth Scott of 
Portland; pub. Oct. 20. 1S27. August 31, I860, he wrote from 
Washington to the Committee on Centennial Celebration and regretted 
that neither he nor his three sons, natives of Bangor, couid be present. 

Hi. Edward, lived on the west side of Ohio street. Drowned in Boston. 

iv. William Appleton, b. Jan. 11. 1S04; d. June 15, 1S36. 

v. Susan, m. Amos Patten of Bangor; pub. Nov. 30, 1S0G. 

vi. Silas, "m. Charity Young of Corinth; pub. Nov. 10. 1814." Silas 
Hatch of Kansror, m. Mrs. Mary Huston, dau. of Richard Curry of 
and at Hot ton. Nova Scotia. Dec. 1 S 1 . He lived on Ohio street. 
corner of Mill Lane. He d. Feb. 16. 18(i2.aged 09. Children in part: 

1. Abigail, b. Sept. 11, 1S17. 

2. Silas C, lived in Bangor. Representative. State Treasurer, 
Executive Councillor. He m. Sarah F. William* of Taunton, 
Mass.. 2 Sept.. 1851. He d. 27 July, 1690. aiired 69. 

Thomas Smart, from Brunswick. In 1771, he settled on the 
lot at the junction of the Penobscot and Kenduskeag, known after 
as City Point. This lot took in the whole of Exchange street and 
the land where the E. & N. A. R. R. depot now is. 

Smart built a log house the same year or the next where he 
lived with his family until the spring of 177G, when he died. He 
left a widow and two minor children who died within issue. 

John Smart, brother of Thomas, took the lot and cared for it 
and sold it to James Budo-e, April 13, 1784. Budge sold to John 
Peck, March 13, 1799. Peck sold to Daniel Wilde and others, 

A Thomas Hatch published in Bangor, Aug. 30, 1S33, to Lucy Hatborn. 

88 Bangor families. 

March 23, 1799. Wilde sold to Zudock French one-fourth and 
Robert Lapish one-fourth, Nov. 21, 1800, and the other half to 
Araasa StetsoD, March 3, 1801. The above deeds were only 
possessory. March 2, 1802, the State deeded to the same parties 
in same proportion as assignees of old settlers. And from these 
came all titles to Exchange street and City Point property. 

Capt. Robert Parker was a distinguished early settler. 
Representative from Bangor, 1816. He married Mary, daughter 
of Nathaniel Harlow ; published March 20, 1808. He died in 
Eastport. "July 2, 1827, Mary Parker, widow and administra- 
trix of estate of Robert Parker, late of Eastport, sold at public 
auction part of the old lot of Jacob Dennett." She died June 8, 
1839, aged 35. 

i. MARY, b. Jan. 12. 1810; d. Doc, 1313. 

ii. Emily, b. Jan. 26, 1S12; d. Oct. 15, 1831. 

iii. Mary Harlow, b. May 8. 1S16; perhaps m. Asa Walker, Esq. 

iv. Sarah Baldwin, b. Dee. 19. 1S17; d. April 5, 1S27. 

v. FRANCES, b. Dec. S, 1S1&; d. March 5, 1330. 

Col. Joseph Rolfe Loibert was born in Newburyport, Sept. 
10, 1794, and was the son of Davis and Abigail (Rolfe) Lumbert. 
He came to Bangor early and was a noted citizen. Landlord of 
Mansion House, 1820 to 1830 : merchant afterward ; TV. M. 
Rising Virtue Lodge F, and A. M., 1823. He married Elizabeth 
Pecker Alley in Bangor, Nov. 30, 1815. She died June 25, 
1834. He married second Airs. Sarah Chandler of Paris, Me., 
April, 1835. She died June 19, 18(35. He died May 16, 1874. 

Children : 

i. Enoch Rolfe. b. March 11, 1816. He m. first Julia FT. Patten of Ban- 
gor. Dfc. 1842. She d. 1S52. He ra. second Mrs. Marcia R. Holmes 
of Frankfort, Dec. 1S71. He d. Dec. 1878. 

ii. John Davis, b. March 30, ISIS. He was drowned at Dubuqe, Iowa, 
Aug. 26, 1803; buried at Mount Hope. 

iii. WILLIAM LEWIS, b. March 25. 1820; died April, 1869. 

iv. Davis, b. May 2. 1822; lives at Six Mile Falls, Bangor. 

v. Fred Ater, b. 1824; d. in a few weeks. 

vi. Abby Rolfe. b. Aug. S, 1S23; m. John X. Handy of Portsmouth. X. 
H.. Feb. 14, 1S50. He d. Dec, 1885. 

vii. Elizabeth, b. 1S27; d. at the age of two and one-half years. 

viii. Joseph Rolfe, b. Dee. 10, 1830; in. Lizzie Bru>h of Chicago, 111., 
August, 18C r J. 

ix. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1S32; d. about two and one-half years. 

x. Elizabeth, b. June 25, 1S34; d. about two and one-half years. 

Bangor Families. 39 

William Bruce, merchant. Store where the E. & • N. A. R. 

R. depot now is. Later he moved up the Kenduskeag. Married 

Susan, daughter of Luke Wilder, Jan. 11, 1813. She was 

admitted First Church, Aug. 11, 1813. He died. She died 

Philadelphia, April 8, 1863, aged 70. Children : 

i. Susan Wilder, b. Jam 15. 1814; d. Philadelphia. June 6. 1S63, aged 
49 years; buried at Mount Hope. 

ii. William Charles, b. July 14. 1815. 

iii. George Henry, b. July 3. 1S17; d. April 1, 1S27. 

iv. Elizabeth, b. July 21. 1819. 

v. Caroline Moore, b. April 5, 1823; d. May 26. 1826. 

vi. Eliza Wilder, b. Feb. 6. 1S25; in. Peter J. Hassard, Nov. 8. 1S59. 

vii. George, b. Feb. 16. 1829. 

vlii. Charles, b. Aug. 7, 1S30; d. Jan., 1S32. 

William Holt settler prior to 1784. Had Lot No. 5, which 

he sold Bulkley Emerson. Children: 

i. LUCY, b. Aug. 19. 17S9; probably ra. Seth Thompson; pub. Nov. 26, 

ii. Mehetarle. b. Oct. IS. 1790. 

iii. William, b. Sept. 5. 1792; m. Susanna Marshall, Dec. 11. 1S16. 

iv. Polly, b. Feb. 16. 1794; probably m. George Savage. Nov. 25. 1813. 

v. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 30 1795. 

vi. Job. b. Sept. 22. 1797. 

vii. John. b. Sept. 16. 1799, 

viii. Solomon, b. Dec. 22. 1S01. 

ix. Jane, b. Dec. IS. 1S03. 

Newell Bean, merchant, sheriff and jailor. Married Nabby 
Clark, Sept. 10, 1807. He died Oct. 1, 1868, aged 86. She 

died. Children : 

i. Ann M.. b. May 29. 1810; in. Daniel IV. Bradley. Sept. 11. 1S34. She 
d. Ana. io. 1852. He d. in Musk- gan. Michigan. March 19. 1S76. 

ii. Abigail, b. Sept. IS. 1813. 
iii. Mary E.. b. Feb. 22. ISIS. 


John Bakkek, merchant. Admitted First Church, July 25, 
1815 ; Central Church, April 7, 1*47. Deacon. He married 
Sophia, daughter of Hon. Francis Carr then of Orrington, later of 
Bangor, Jan. 31, 1805. She was horn June 10, 1787 ; died Jan. 
3, 1873. He died Oct. 12, 1849, aged 77 years, 7 months. 

Children : 

i. John. b. Nov. 17. 1805; d. unmarried. 

ii. Sophia Carr. b. March S, 1805; m. Ebenezer French, July 31, 1S2S. 
He d. Nov. 5, 1S75. Nine children. 

40 Bangor Families. 

iii. Mary Elliot. ' A b. iNov. 11, 1S10; m. George B. Moody. Jan. 12. 1832. 
Several children. 

iv. Frances, b. 1S17. 

v. Sarah, b. 30 May. 182-1. 

Thomas Bradbury, son of Moses Bradbury of Saco, born June 
17, 1775. Family moved to Limerick. The son came to Ban- 
gor, 1802. He was constable 1804, town clerk 1807 to 1815, 
except 1809. He built the bouse on Broadway -now owned by 
Gilbert Howell. He was for many years a worthy member of the 
First Baptist Church. Near the close of his life he removed to 
Charlestown, Mass., where he died in June, 1849. Children : 

i. Amanda, b. May 22. 1S05. 

ii. Charles Webster, b. Oct. 30. 1S07; d. in California. 

iii. John Thomas, b. Nov. 13. 1S09; d. young. 

iv. Horace, b. Doc. 7, 1811. Said to have been a tJniversalist minister in 

the western part of the State. 
v. Edwin, b. Oct. 16, 1S14. 

Horace Gould, from Philadelphia. Admitted to First Church 
from a church there May 26, 1822. He married Mary E. Allen 
from Martha's Vineyard. She was admitted to First Church 18 
April, 1812. He died March 4, 1825. She died July 13, 1852 
or 1867. Children all born in Bangor : 

i. Mary Ann, b. Doc. 3. 1813. 

ii. Thomas F.. b. Aug. 28. 1815. 

iii. HORACE, b. Dec. 20. ISIS, of Bangor. Machia.s and Brewer, where he 

d. Feb. 16. 1*9:2. 
iv. John E.. b. April 10. 1821. Distinguished musician. Went to 

Philadelphia. Married three times; died in Egypt, whee he had 

gone for his health. 
v. Edwin, b. April 19. 1821; CI. July 31. 1828. 
vi. Emily, b. March 9, 1S24; m. Benjamin Willis of Portland. He d. She 

resides in Bangor. 


Amos Patten from Amesbury* Mass., came here with his 
brother Moses about 1800, and settled here as a merchant with 
his brother. He married Susan, daughter of Capt'. Isaac Hatch ; 
published Nov. 30, 180(5. He ^as a man of character and integ- 
rity. Town Clerk, 1800 and 1801 ; Representative, 1815; 
Executive Councillor, 1827. He died in Mobile, Feb. 21, 1839, 
aged 63. His will of Sept. 7, 1838, proved Jul}' 6, 1831', names 
no children, only wife, brother Stephen and bis daughter Susan, 
sister Hannah and sister Eunice, brother Thomas and his son 
John, brother Moses and his sons Moses, Jr., and Willis. 

. - 

Distress of Inhabitants on the Penobscot. 41 





Mass. Archives, vol. 201, p. 362. 

"Sandy Point on Penobscot River, Oct. 15, 1779. 

Sir: — As my present situation obliges roe to be a witness to 
the distress of our people on this river, I should not only be 
guilty of an abuse of the confidence reposed in me by the Honor- 
able Council, but also callous to the cries of the miserable, were I 
to delay a single moment to lay before them the peculiarly calam- 
itous circumstances of the wretched inhabitants. Some weeks 
since Gen'l McLean issued an order requiring one-half of the 
inhabitants to go to Magabigwaduce and labor on the fortifications 
erecting there, who were to be retrieved by the other half when 
the General thought proper, and who threatened in case of dis- 
obedience to desolate the settlements on the river and ajacent 
islands and treat the persons of the inhabitants as rebels. The 
people on the islands exposed by their situation and unable to 
resist, pretty generally complied with the mandate and went in to 
work ; notwithstanding which the humane McLean last week 
ordered a party in a number of the small transports and conveyed 
by the Nautilus Ship to land on Fox Island where I believe they 
have plundered all the cattle (except such as belonged to a few 
tories who have gone within their lines) and burned some houses 
and barns; but the inhabitants on the river encouraged by our 
appearance at Camden, and disgusted at the perfidy of the British 
General as well as the repeated insults o tie red them by the troops 
under his command determined to sacrifice all their interest rather 


• Major Liihgow. >on of Judge William Liihgow, of Georgetown, commenced the 
I'ractice of law during tbe Revolution. He entered the service, was an officer in the 
army which Captured Burgoyne, and retired with the rank of m^jor. After the war, 
he received the appointment ot U. S. District Attorney, and was twice a major-general 
in the militia. He is said to have been an able advocate and a lawyer of much ability 
and extensive practice. His death took place at Augusta in 1706, at the age of forty-six. 

42 Distress of Inhabitants on the Penobscot. 

than comply with the General's order, and in the meantime made 
application to me for assistance in getting off their families and 
effects, as they seem generally to think they can no longer remain 
on their farms without having a body of men stationed among 
them for their protection. In consequence of their application I 
left Camden last Sunday night with a party of fifty men, being all 
that could be spared from that post, and arrived at this place on 
Monday evening. The day following I took a small party and 
went farther up the river accompanied by Major Minot, a volun- 
teer, in quest of a small party who marched through the woods 
from Kennebec. Towards evening a party of about eight}' regu- 
lars and tories landed on the point (which is quite clear of woods) 
under the fire of an armed vessel, destroyed two old whale boats 
of ours that lay at the landing, burned one house which stood 
near the shore and endeavored to destroy the remainder of the 
houses to the number of four or five but were repulsed in the 
attempt with the loss of three killed and seven badly wounded. 
Henry Goldthwait, a son of the Colonel, we. are informed, is 
among the latter. 

I have now seventy men at this place but find it impracticable 
to get off the inhabitants for want of boats as there is scarcely one 
left on the the river. All therefore that can be done now is to 
protect the inhabitants as well as we can in securing their crops 
which are very considerable, until I receive some order of Council 
respecting them, which, for the sake of the poor distressed people 
I beg may not be delayed as they will be entirely exposed to the 
fury of the enemy after we leave this river, which will be by the 
first of November, being the expiration of the term for which the 
men were detailed. 

I am persuaded the Honorable Council will think it necessary 
either to remove the families with their effects or immediately 
order a sufficient guard on the river to protect them through the 
winter. Should their removal be thought eligible, I should think 
it best to send a number of transports conveyed by a sufficient 
armed force, as it is in the enemy's power to prevent the passing 
of boats. Perhaps half a dozen wood sloops might serve to 
remove the whole, except the cattle which may be driven by land, 
which might enable the people to support their families until the 

Distress of Inhabitants on the Penobscot. 43 


I ; : ; ; 

spring without being a public burden. But should it be thought 
more expedient to post a body of troops here during the winter, 
I imagine two hundred would be little enough to guard the river 
and Camden, which places are at any season accessible to the 
enemy's shipping. In the latter case it will be necessary to order 
barracks built to shelter the men and a quantity of bread sent 
down. As for beef I believe enough may be got here. 

Many persons with large families of helpless children have 
already fled to the neighbors of Camden, St. George, &c. with 
scarce property enough to support them a single day, and many 
have been obliged to take shelter in the woods. 

Some wish to continue here provided they can have protection 
and others incline to go to their friends in various parts of the 
country at all events. The enemy's naval strength at present 
conststs of two ships, the Nautilus of sixteen guns and the Albany 
of sixteen or fourteen guns, and an armed sloop and schooner. I 
shall endeavor to emplov the small remainder of my time here in 
annoying the neighborhood of the enemy as much as I can by 
scouting parties. 

Yesterday I sent a small party near Magabigwaduce to drive off 
the cattle and destroy some hay which is like to fall into the 
enemy's hands. After removing the families who wish to come 
away and propose very soon to take possession of a held of Indian 
corn belonging to Col. Goldthwait, said to contain fifty or sixty 
bushels which lies between us and the enemy. 

I have the honor to be &c, 

William Lithgow, Jr. 

N. B. The late severe reverse in Gen. McLean's behavior has 
occasioned the desertion of some of his best friends here." 

"Council Chamber, Oct. 27, 1779. 

Ordered that Mai. Lithgow be and hereby is directed to engage 
any number of men not exceeding two hundred as guards in the 
county of Lincoln, until the General Court can meet and take 
orders for the defense of Camden and other parts in the county 
aforesaid, and the said Lithgow is hereby directed to take the 

44 First Saw Mill on the Iiendusheag in Bangor. 

command of such men as he shall engage for the purpose aforesaid 
and employ them in such manner as he shall judge most conducive 
to the public service, the said men to be upon such establishment 
as the General Court shall hereafter order. 

Attest : John Avery, Sec." 


"Camden, Oct. 16, 1779. 

Sir : — Major Lithgow's absence from his post up Penobscot 
River makes it my dutv to inform vou of the arrival of a number 
of the enemy's ship in this bay and now on their way to Maga- 

They appear to consist of one large ship, supposed to be a 
transport of troops, a frigate of about thirty-two guns and a num- 
ber of tenders. The principal officers at Bigwaduee have given 
out that they would pav us a visit at this post very soon ; but 
with the troops I have here which consist of sixty men and the 
assistance of the inhabitants, I am determined to maintain the 

ground if possible. 

I am &c, 

John Blunt, Captain." 

— Communicated by Joseph Williamson, Esquire. 


In the Magazine for May, 1891, I notice the probate of the will 
of Joseph Potter, who died in Bangor in 1788. The accompany- 
in^ inventorv includes his interest in a mill on the Condesskeio- 

You ask "Was this mill where Morse's mills now are, or at the 
foot of the falls above, opposite Lovers' Leap, where Judge God- 
frey locates a mill later?" 

Joseph Potter, my grandfather, probably son of William, was 
born at Topsham, Maine, about 1740. In 1767, he married 
Margaret Stinson at Topsham, and soon alter settled on the Union 
River in what is now the town of Ellsworth. • After the com- 
mencement of the Revolutionary AVar the English took possession 
of the Eastern coast of Maine, and required the inhabitants to take 


First Saw Mill on the Kenduskeay in Bangor. 45 

the oath of allegiance to the British Crown under pain of being 
made prisoners of war. Joseph Potter abandoned his home on 
the Union River, and, with his wife and children and such of his 
effects as they could carry with them, made his way through the 
then unbroken wilderness to the head of tide-water on the Penob- 
scot and took up as his farm what has long been known as the 
\owell place in Bangor. There he lived from 17 7 7 until the time 
of his death in 1788. The mill mentioned in the inventory was 
situated on the site of the first mill above Morse's, opposite 
Lovers' Leap. 

My father, David Potter, was born on the Xowell place in 1782, 
six years before his father's death. He pointed out to me the site 
of this mill sixty vears ago, and told me that one of his earliest 
recollections was of soiiiir down in the evening with his two older 
brothers, Joseph and William, to spear salmon under the fall of 
the mill-dam. He said that this mill was built by his father 
soon after his arrival here during the Revolutionary "War and was 
the first mill ever built upon the Kenduskeag stream. 

This mill passed into the hands of Joseph Potter's oldest son 
William. I gave these facts to Judge Godfrey at the time of the 
Bangor Centennial. But Judge Godfrey finding the property first 
mentioned in the records as belonging to William Potter fell into 
the mistake of supposing that the mill wis originally built by 
William Potter, and so stated it in his speech at the celebration. 

Joseph Potter was a lineal descendant in the fourth generation 
of Antony Potter, who came to America and settled in Ipswich, 
Mass., the first county-seat of Essex County, in 1639 — only 
seventeen vears after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth. 

My grandfather never re-visited his earl v home atTopsham that 
he left in 1767, although he lived less than one hundred miles 
away from it. A tradition in the family illustrates the difficulties 
of travel in those days. About the close of the war the Rev. 
James Potter wishing to visit his long-absent and almost lost 
brother on the Penobscot, chose, as the best time to do so, the 
middle of winter, when he made the journey on snow shoes 
through the forest from the Kennebec to the Penobscot. 

Mark L. Potter. 
Brooklyn, X. Y., Nov. -20, 1892. 

46 Old Papers. 



Contributed by William C. Mason, 31. D.* 



He was a native of England, born 1732 ; settled on Fox Island 1762. 
He was the ancestor of about all of the name on Penobscot Bay. 

"Falmouth, April 17, 1702. 
I promise to pay Enoch Freeman or Order one Shilling, four pence, 
Lawful money on Demand with Interest. 

David Woster." 



He was one of the first three ship builders in Bath prior to 175G. 
Came east 1770 (?) and settled on 700 acre Island now in the town of 
Islesboro, and was drowned prior to 1789. Samuel Goodwin was the 
first commander of Fort Shirley at Pownalboro, now Dresden, about 
1754, and the other Goodwins were his sons. 

kt PowNALBOROUGH, Oct. 23, 176G. 

I for value rec'd promise to pay to Samuel Goodwin or his order the 
sum of one pound, four shillings, lawful money with interest till paid 
off. Witness my hand, 

William Philbrook." 
On the back endorsed : 

''Sept. 1, 1789, pay the within to Samuel Twycross Goodwin. 

Samuel Goodwin, Jr." 


McLintock I do not find, nor do I see just where the house was. 

William Keidhead was a British soldier at Fort George dining the 
Revolutionary War. On the evacuation of the fort he left but returned 
after the close of the war and settled at Penobscot, where he died Dec. 
11, 1811, aged 54 years. 

"Fort George, Penobscot, June, 1782. 

Three months after date I promise to pay William Keidhead or order 
the sum of £'125 current money of Nova Scotia in consideration of a lot 
of land and house thereon standing this day sold me by the said William 
Reidhead. Wituess my hand, 

Robert McLintock/' 

• From the papers of his grandfather. Rev. William Mason of Castine unci Bangor. 
These notes were probably sent to Mr. bilas Lee of Castine, for collection. 

Old Papers. 47 



Benjamin Milliken was the founder of Ellsworth, settling there 1765- 
6. He and his brother Thomas built the first mill there at the head of 
tide. He was a Loyalist (or a Tory) and in the Revolutionary War 
went to Fort George at Penobscot and from there he went in 1782-3 to 
Saint Andrews, Nova Scotia, where he died. 

"Mr. Benjamin Milliken formerly of Scarboro, thence of Union River, 

theuce went with the King's Troops, now of , at the Eastward, 

to Job Lyman, Dr., May 14, 1770, to 87 Bushels of Potatoes at £16, 
10s., 6d. ; hauling of same to G row's wharf, 3 shillings a Basket, 3 
shillings, £7, Is., 6d. Errors excepted. 

Job Lyman." 

Endorsed on Back. 

"Mr. Silas Lee : 

I wish vou to £et the value of the within account of the within named 
Benj. Milliken for your friend and humble servant. 

Job Lyman." 

York, Jan. 19, 1791. 



The Town of Bangor and the Congregational Societies in the towns 
of Orrington and Hampden to the Church of Christ in Cnstine send 
greeting : 

It having pleased the great head of the Church universal to incline 
the hearts of this people to give Mr. James Boyd a call to settle in the 
work of the gospel ministry over them in the Lord and to incline his 
heart to accept thereof : this is therefore to desire your assistance by 
your Reverend Pastor and Delegates in his ordination on Wednesdav, 
the 10th of September next, and to meet at the house of Dea. William 
Bovd in Bangor on said dav. 

Wishing you grace, mercy and peace through our Lord Jesus Christ, 
we remain your Brethren in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. 

John Brewer, ) 

William Boyd, r , ... • ., 

T TJ Committee in the name 

Isaac Robinson, , , , , £ . 

-r- c - and behall of 

Llisha Nkinnek, ' - x 

AT > TT the peopie. 

Nath l Harlow, l l 

John Crosby, , 

Bangor, July 19, 1800. 

P. S. The other churches sent to on this occasion were as follows : 
So. Penobscot, Belfast, Sedgwick aud Blue Hill. 

Superscription : 

"Buckstown. Aug. 17, 1800. 

To the Reverend Mr. Mason. 

Pastor of the Church in Castine." 

48 Nicholas Denys, Grovernor of Acadia. 


1632— 1062. 


By Professor IF. F. Ganong of Harvard University . 

The article on Nicholas Denys in the January number, 1802, 
contains a most serious error, which in the interest of historical 
truth should not pass uncorrected. It is certainly surprising to 
read that Denys after the publication of his well known work 
Description geograpkique et historique des costes de VAmerique 
jSeptentrionale, returned to Acadia, settled at Passamaquoddy, 
married a squaw and left half-breed descendants. 

The date of Denys' birth has been given recently (Le Canada 
Francais, vol. II, page 515) as 1588. We have no reason to 
doubt the correctness of this, and it would make his aire no less 
than 84 years when his book was printed at Paris in 1672. It is 
hardly probable that at. this age he returned to a new locality, 
married a squaw and Jejt descendants. Moreover, seven years later, 
in 1679, he was living ifl Quebec and had become blind (Ms. 
printed by Quebec Government 1883, vol. I, page 273.) These 
two facts alone are enough to dispose of the suppositions of the 
writer of the article in question. But even the other supposi- 
tions of his are erroneous. 

For instance Denys and Donee were not the same person ; not 
even does Williamson say they were as the article implies on p. 
150. Referring (vol. 1, page 302) we find the sentence reads 
thus: "After a second marriage he, (La Tour ) rebuilt his 
fortress, which Donee demolished, because it encroached upon 
the royal prerogative." A paffe before Denys is mentioned but 
there is nothing to show that Williamson considered them the 
same. Where did Williamson s:et the Done* 1 name and incident? 
Undoubtedly from Douglass (Summary, ed, 1740, p. 3(H)) where 
we read: "M. Uonnee, the French Governor of L'Accadie, 
deemed it irregular (i. e. the buiidiug of a fort by La Tour) and 

Nicholas Denys, Governor of Acadia. 49 

inconsistent with the Royal Prerogative ; while La Tour was in 
France, he reduced it, and inhumanely destroyed his wife and 
family." The latter statement perfectly locates the incident and 
the author of it, who was D'Aulnay, La Tour's enemy (see 
accounts by Denys, 1672, chap. II, Honnay History of Acadia, 
also Trans. Royal Soc. Canada, IX, sect, ii, p. 61.) The Donee 
or Donnee of all of these accounts is therefore not Denys but 
D'Aulnay Charnisay, another Acadian governor. 

The St. Robin at Penobscot, of which something is made, did 
not become changed to St. Aubin in course of time, because it 
always was St. Aubin. The list of names in the Collections 
Mass. Hist. Soc, vol. I, series 3, p. 82, contains French names 
written and much distorted by an Englishman. The French 
censuses show a Sieur St. Aubin living at this time at Passama- 
quoddy (Ms. published by Quebec Government, vol. II, p. 134) 
and another St. Aubin, probably his son, lived at Edgemorgan 
(Archimagan) Reach just to the eastward of Penobscot (Mur- 
dock, Hist, of N. S., vol. 1, p. 214; Hannay, History of Acadia, 
p. 239.) There was no connection therefore between St. Robin 
and "Donee," nor between St. Robin and Denys, nor between 
Donee and Denys. 

The mere occurence of the name Denny among the Passama- 
quoddies is the only point left, and the resemblance is of a kind 
with the innumerable cases of the well known occurence of French 
names anions these Indians. 

On April 18, 1690, a grant from Frontenac and Champigny 
confirmed by the King in council, March, 1691, was made to Sieur 
Niccolas Denis de Fronsac at Miramichi in Acadia, of fifteen 
leagues in length by five in breath. Murdock, Nova Scotia, I, 
198 ; Quebec Documents, II, 40. 

The French Government never made these grants to those who 
lived among the savages, for such Courretirs des Bois were par- 
ticularly obnoxious to them, and we may hence infer that Denys 
was living though at a <zreat age, and in good standing with 


the authorities in 1690. Probably the grant was made as some 
compensation for his losses. 

50 Extracts from the Diary of William D. Williamson. 



STATES lS2I-22. 

Thurs. Nov. 29, 1S21, left Bangor. 

Nov*. 30. Arrived at Augusta, having on the way seen a piece in the 
A. Advocate, and heard something said as to my franking letters as a 
member of Cong, while acting; as Gov'r. 

Dec. 1. Arrived at Portland in evening — wrote a letter to Mr. Ames 
to come and take upon himself the office of Chief Magistrate. 

Dec. 3 Mond. Lay my determination of resigning the office of 
Governor before the Council. Objectors a little disappointed that I am 
so desirous and ready to leave the administration. 

Dec. 5. Resign my office of Gov. to Mr. Ames, Spk. of the H. of 
Rep. Some doubts who ought to administer to him the oaths. 

Thurs. Dec. 6. Left Portland at 5 A. M. breakfast at Saco, 2s. 6d. 
arrived at Boston at 1 in morning, having supped at Salem, 25, 6d. — 
from Portland to Portsmouth $4.00, thence to Boston $4.00 — whole 
charge of the day $9.40. Slept at Davenport's. 

Friday, Dec. 7. From Boston to Providence 42 miles, fare $3. 
Lodging and Break, at D's. 0.75. Expenses of this day, $4.14. From 
Prov. thro' Pomfret to Hartford, is 70 m. fare $4.90. Visited Mr. 

N. B. Passed through Roxburv, Dedham, Walpole, Attiebury and 
Patuxet. Land on the road stony, hard — growth, oak, walnut, maple. 
Patuxet has cotton factories — buildings of stone. 

Sunday, Dec. S. Tarried at Blake's Stage-house. Bill for supper 
last night, board this dav and breakfast tomorrow morning, $2.58, per 
this bill. 

Sunday, Dec. 9. Left Prov. for N. London, distance 51 miles: stage 
fare $3.75. Dinner and sling at E. Greenwich 0.50 — had a dreary road 
through a poor country. We passed Cranston, Natic, Greenwich, 
Stonington to N. London. The Thames at No. London between one 
half and a mile wide. Boat will carry four stages at a time: 5 or 6 
horses work it. 

Monday, Dec. 10. From N. London to N. Haven 61 miles; arrived 
at 4 P. M. Fare, including board from N. London to N. York, $3. 00. 
Rode up to N. Haven, took a view of the town, the Colleges all in a 
range, the Churches and the extensive burying-grounds — monuments. 

Monday, Dec. 10, con'd. From N. Haven to N. York, 90 miles. 
Changed Boats at N. Haven ; got under way at 7 P. M., arrived at N. 
York 5 next morning. 

Tuesday, 1 1 . Got the steward to carry my trunk to the Union Stage 
Coach tavern, in Courtland street — took a sling and breakfast, 0.56. 


^Extracts from the Diary of William D. Williamson. 51 

Crossed the ferry and took the stage to Newark, 8 m. Elizabethtown, 
6. Burlington 13 m., dined at 4 P. M., dinner only, .62. We passed 
Princeton in the evening. 10 miles from Trenton, 53 m. from N. Y. 
Fare from N. Y. to Phila. $5.00, distance, 84 m. Bill at Trenton, 
supper, brandy, lodging, glass of beer, 0.81. Left Trenton in the 
steamboat at 6 A. M. Wednesday. 

Wednesday, Dec. 12. Arrived at Phila. at 10 P. M. Breakfast on 
board the steamboat. Changed boats at Phila. From Phila. to New- 
castle, 40 m. from N. Castle to Frenchtown, 16 m., thence to Baltimore 
70 m., thence to W. City 3S or 40. Fare from Phila. to Frenchtown, 
on the Chesapeak, including dinner on board, $3.50. Passed Wilmin- 
ton in plain sight, 3 m. from the water — the water very dirty. Arrived 
at N. Castle at h past 3, P. M., took stage, and arrived at Frenchtown 
at 6, P. M. Supper and fare to Baltimore, $3 50. Left at £ 6, P. M., 
in the steamboat Phila. for Baltimore. 

Thursday, Dec. 13. Arrived at Baltimore at 3, A. M. Left Balti- 
more in the mail stage at 6, A. M., took breakfast after riding 12 m. 
$0.50. Reached Washington city at h past twelve at noon, fare $4.00, 
and went into the State House. The House of Representatives had 

From Bangor to Boston, 240 miles. Fare, $18.25 

Thence to Providence. 42 3-°° 

Thence to N. London, 51 3.75 

Thence to N. Haven, 61 \ ^ 

Thence to N. York, 90 \ 

Thence to Trenton, 53 i 

Thence to Phila. 31 \ - > ' 

Thence to Newcastle, 40 j 

Thence to Frenchtown, 16 ( 3*5 

Thence to Baltimore, 70 3-5° 

Thence to Washington, 40 4.00 

734 $49.00 


I find the whole distance from Bangor and Washington as travelled 
by me 734 miles. Some say it is only 468 to Boston from Washington 
— and 240 thence to Bangor^yoS. My stage fare and boat fare, includ- 
ing 4 meals, was $49 00 
Luggage at N. York and Baltimore, 50 
I was on the road from Bangor to Portland, 2£ days, and 
from Portland to Washington 7.^ days, resting and stopping 
only one day, viz., at Providence. 

Expenses on road besides fares from Bangor to Portland, 2.50 
From Portland to Washington, 12.50 

At no place on the road were meals more than 50 cts. each, except 
at Burlington, N.Jersey, I paid for Dinner 0.62^. 

52 Extracts from the Diary of J Villi am D. Williamson. 

Thurs. Dec. 13. Went to the Capitol at £ past one P. M. H. of 
Rep. had adjourned early— saw one or two quondam friends- — hunted 
for a seat — returned to Indian Queen Stage tavern. 

Friday, Dec. 14. In the first view one has in approaching Washing- 
ton, his eye fixes on the Capitol, its two stupendous wings ; its two lofty 
domes. It is built of white granite, made more white bv a washing. 
The area of many acres about it is enclosed with an iron banister picket 
fence, standing on a wall one & a half foot high, which wall is cap't 
with hewn stone i\ feet wide, into which the iron pickets, 5 or 6 feet 
high are set. A very few houses near the Capitol, which stands on an 
eminence. The Capitol we pass, leaving it on the left hand, & enter 
Pennsylvania Avenue, running west from the Capitol, one mile to the 
President's house. 

Halfway down the Avenue is the Indian Queen tavern, where the 
stages leave the travellers unless requested to be left at some other par- 
ticular place. Here one will have a room by himself, fire and candles 
at 12 or $14 per week. A bell for each room — the house is divided 
into sections — a servant to a section. Here a number of members, 
vulgarly called a ''Mess," put up, and have a separate table. 

As the house of Rep. was very full, I could not find a seat to my 
mind. Took one in the rear. The ride is, they who first attend, select 
their seats, to which, when so selected, the occupants have a prior 
right till they abandon. 

Saturday, Dec. 15. Visited the Library, in the Capitol. — it contains 
about 10,000 vols. Members mav take books 2—8 vos. or 12 mos. a 
week 3 tos. or folios. 3 weeks to their lodgings. Took seat — the 
Houses meet at 12 — adjourn at 3 P. M. Sworn — each member is 
sworn according to the form in his own state. I lifted my hand — John 
Randolph sworn just before me — swore on the Bible, and kissed it. 
Prayers in the morning by the Chaplain, the Speaker then takes the 
chair, calls to order — the members sit with hats on or off at pleasure. 
The Speaker first calls, "Have the members from New Hampshire any 
petitions to present" — **Mass." — and all the states successively. A 
member rises, holds the petition in his hand, states its substance, moves 
to dispense with reading its details, and to have it referred to one of the 
Standing Committee, naming the Com'ee. A page takes it from the 
member, and lays it on the table, and the Speaker says it is now moved 
that the petition last presented be referred, &c. — and it is so referred. 
Next, he calls for reports of Standing Committees, then Special 
Com'ees, then motions, resolutions. 

Sunday, Dec. 16. Attended public services in the Rep. Chamber, — 
a concourse of gent, and ladies. Only one exercise, beginning at 11, 

A. M. Chaplain of the Senate, Mr. P , preached extempore 

these words, "In Christ Jesus, neither circumcision availeth anything, 
or uncircumcision, but a new nature." He undertook to show the 
nature, necessity and evidences of Regeneration. A Methodist, he 
variously modulates his voice, and has much action. A small choir of 

The hacks stand about the tavern as on other days. 


Extracts from the Diary of William D. Williamson. 53 

[1S21.] Monday, Dec. 17. Visited with Hon. Mark L. Hill, in 
hack, the Prest. of U. S. — waited in audience-room — introduced. He 
is an old man. dressed in black — breeches, — boots, — hair turned up, 
talks a little thick, motions with his hands when talking, — sociable, 
sedate, — about 5 feet 10 or 11 in. tall, rather spare. He has two 


He is a tall man, of about 40 years, quick spoken, light complexion, 
little florid, expressive, unwrinkled. He appears to be a pleasant, 
sociable man, and clear headed. 


He may be 50 years old — more port and consequent than Calhoun, 
and a shorter man, — pretty free to talk, — not so much so as the Pres't 
or Sec'y War. He stands high, — has been Ch. Jus. S. Court, N. Y. 


He is tall, about 45 years old, full of talk, wears a skull-cap, — is well 

This day spent in passing resolutions requiring standing com'ees to 
consider and report on various subjects, which each resolution names ; 
raising some special com'ees for the consideration of special subjects, — 
calling on the Prest. &c. for information. A considerable debate as to 
what com'ees certain subjects ought to be referred. Gov. Wright, of 
Maryland, Mr. Eustis, of Mass , and Randolph, of Va., spoke some. 
A very bad house for debate — the echo or reverberation such, one can 
neither hear or speak with ease. 

Sund. Dec. 23. A meeting at Rep. Chamber, — one discourse. Mr. 
Sparks preached, "Having the form of Godliness, and denying the 
power thereof." 

Mond. Dec. 24. Routine of business — Petitions, &c. 

Tues. Dec. 25. Christmas; no meeting of Cong. House adjourned. 

Weds. Dec. 26. Dined at the Presidents — fine furniture — house fur- 
nished by uncle Sam's money. 

Thurs. Dec. 27. Routine of business — little done. 

Friday, Dec 28. Adjourned over to Monday. 

Sunday, Dec. 30. Heard Dr. Morse from Matthew, "Forgive us our 
debts, as we forgive our debtors." Not a very full hall — the Rep. fol- 
lowed their Unitarian, Mr. Sparks, to hear him. Gen. Macomb called 
on me. 

Mond. Dec. 31. Routine of business as usual. Adjourned to 

Tuesday, Jan. r, 1822. Went to the fort. All, without invitation or 
distinction, visited the Prest. — Members, Heads of Depts., Foreign 
Ministers, officers in the army and navy — & ladies — a great jam, — a 
band of music in the entrv room — interchange of compliments, — Prest. 
and lady continually on their feet, — 9 Indian chiefs from Missouri. 
The F. Envoy very richly dressed, — introduced to Mrs. Monroe. 

54 Extracts from the Diary of William D. Williamson* 

Mr. Neuville & Charming at dinner, had a misunderstanding as to 
the slave trade. 

Wednesday, Jan. 2. General routine, &c. 

Thursday, Jan. 3d. Debate on the appropriation bill, particularly 
as to the Indian Dept. 

Friday, 4 Jan. Same subject resumed. Randolph, Smith (Md.) 
Tracy, Loundes, Ross, Reed (Ga.) spoke. Mr. Morse is taking a 
drawing of the Rep. Chamber. Drew lots for 2 portraits to a state — 
lot fell to Mr. Lincoln and self. It is said Mr. Crawford and Calhoun 
don't speak to each other except on business, and Gen. Jackson says 
Crawford is a damned rascal. Sec'v of the Senate comes to the house 
with such bills as the Senate has passed ; stands just within the bar in 
the ally, says the Senate has passed the following bills: reads the titles 
and sa}s "in which the Senate requests the concurrance of the House." 
When Congress is in session, the flag is flying on the top of the 
Capitol ; when the House goes into a Com'e of the whole, the Mace. 

Saty. Jan. 5. Reading in my room ; very cold. 

Sund. Jan. 6. Heard Mr. Houghton. 1. Pet. 2, 21 — a full house — 
poor singing, — deacon 2 lines at a time. Boys this Sabbath and every 
Sabbath seen skating without molestation. 

Monday, Jan. 7. Presented petition of Jarvis and others for a term 
of Dist. Court at Union River. Debate as to the money to be raised 
for the Indian Department. Night, a party at Mr. Adams' house, 
music and dancing, card parties and back-gammon. Ladies dress, 
some with white plumes, some with roses, some with wreaths, on head, 
white, black, crimson. Mrs. De Neuville had a gilt comb in her hair: 
narrow wreath : bosom dressed low, bare neck : gown, brown silk 
velvet. Mrs. Adams had on a simple head-dress, a light silk, and light 
white gauze over. 

Tues. fan. S. Debate on the Indian appropriation — dee'd out of 
order in making a motion. Went to Mr. Calhoun's in the evening. 

Wed. Jan. 9. Debate on the appropriation bill. Smith Dwight 
spoke, and Buckanan. Galleries pretty lull. 

Thurs. Jan. 10. Debate continued. Mr. Randolph, Todd & Bald- 
win spoke. Presented petition for "Military Road." Families getting 
their ice. 

Sat. Feb. 9. Indian war dance before the President's house — a great 
concourse of people: 13 Indian chiefs from Missouri, who have been 
about here two months (one squaw). They had a little drum as large 
as an 8 qt. milk pail, on which one beat, while the others danced, 
whooDed, made gestures of killing their enemies. They were painted 
red, blue and black about their eyes and cheeks, — heads "shaved, except 
one lock, — naked down to their hips. 

Sund. Feb. 10. Heard Mr. Thatcher, from N. Haven, in Capitol. 

Mond. Feb. 11. Debate on Bankrupt bill to Feb. 21. 

Tues. March 19. People began to plough gardens; warm ; sit with- 
out fire. 

Board bill Dec. 19 to May 8th, 141 days, at $1.50 per day, $211.50. 
Communicated by Hon. Joseph Williamson, to the New England 

Historical and Genealogical Register. Vol. 30, Page 1^. 

List of Early Settlers at Maj orbiguaduce. 



1761 to 1784. 


A state of the Settlement Known by the name of Majorbiguaduce. 
The men's names,* the Am't of land claimed by each, name of person 
taking up said lot & date of Settlement of said lot & No. of persons 
living on Said lot at present time (loth of July, 1781). Taking by a 
vote of the Majority of said Inhabitants. 

- . c '-i S- Name of the person who 

r - - EL z. ez a 

= n 5 EI = *i first settled the lot. 

Name of the person now 
living on the lot. 

Joseph Basteen 

Paul Bcoden 

Caleb Booden 

Eldad Heath 

Sara'i Booden 

Abr'm Stover 

Jere Stover 

Mary Crawtord, Widow 

Abr'm Booden 

Sam'l Veazzy jr. 

Thos. Booden 

Absent John Foley 

Jos. Hibbert 

John Booden 

Wiil'm Booden 

Joseph Curtis, 

Ben Curtis jr. 

Eben'r Booden 

Moses T 'eazie 

John Wilson 

Will Wescut jr. 

Wiil'm Dolliver 

John Moor jr. 

Sam'l Moulton 

Absent Prince Hatch 

Mark Hatch 

Abr'm Witharu 

David Wilson 

John Perkins 

Stover Perkins 

Sam'l Matthews 

Absent Will Swain 

Benj. Curtis 

Oliver Parker 

Peter Mograge 

John Moor 

Peter Mograge 

Will Wescut 

Jos. Lowell 

Jos. Bennev 

John Bakeman was an inhabitant. I do not see why his name is not on the list.— Editor. 



Joseph Basteen 





Paul Booden 





Caleb Booden 





Eldad Heath 





John Booden 





Abr'm Stover 





Jere Stover 








Abr'm Booden 





Sam'l Veazie jr. 





Thos. Booden 




1 70S 




1 761 

Joshua Ayers 





John Booden 





Will Booden 





Jos. Curtis 





Eben'r Booden 





Eben'r Booden 




T 77-J 

Moses Veazie 





Matt. Tobin 





Wiil'm Dolliver 





Wiil'm Dolliver 





John Moore 





Fred'k Hatch 





Sol'o Avery 




S. Froth & A. \\ 





Abr'm Witham 









Jere Witham 




Jon 'a Sweet 










Bcnj. Curtis 





John Gray 





J no. & Saml. Trott 





Saml. Trott 





John Moor 





J no. Hadon 

[Caleb Crumbt 

:11] 20 


1 76 1 

Matt. Tobin, S. 3 

Mathews & 





Joseph Loweli 





Jno. Conor & B. 




56 List of Early Settlers at Maj orbiguaduce. 

~ 25 
Name ot the person now £. c 

o n 3 

living on the lot. = g » 



en •— 
P a 

— r: 
O 3 


£■ Name of the person who 

— 1 first settled the lot. 



p 2. c- ^ a 



Will Webber ioo 


Thos. Benney 



David Moor 125 


James Clarke 



Moses Blake 100 


Andrew Gray 



Luxford Goodwin 100 


Ichabod Corson 



Thatcher Avery 75 




N. Claps heirs 50 

I 7 6 5 

Jacob Russell 


Pelet'r Freeman 75 


Jacob Russell 



Nat. Stover 90 


Nathl. Stover 



Wid'w Rhoades ico 


Jona. Stover 



Jos. Stovers heirs 100 


John Dailey 


John Bray & John Bray jr. 100 


David D.iiley 



Ichabod Grindal 100 


John Grindal 



Nat. Veazie 100 


Nat. Yeasey 



Pelet I. each 150 


Saml. Mansell 



Dorothy Cilet 120 


John Mansell 



John Connor 140 


John Connor 



Dan'l Webster ico 


Dan'l Webster 



And'w Webster 100 


And'w Webster 



Ch's Hutchings 200 


Charles Hutchings 



Sol'o Littlefield 150 


Eben'r Webster 



Isaac Perkins 200 


And'w Webster jr. 



Sparks Perkins 200 


And'w Webster jr. 



Jacob Perkins 150 


Dan'l Webster 



Dan'l Wardwell 100 


John Black 



Sam'l Veazie 100 


Sam'l Veazie 



Dan'l Wardwell 200 


Dan'l Wardwell 


Josiah Wardwell 100 


Jos. Wilson 



Thos. Beney 200 


James Clark 



Jere Wardwell 200 


Fiudly Malcolm 


Sparks Perkins Sc Jere Wardwell 120 


John Rich 


Elijah Winslow 400 


Elijah Winslow 



Alex'r Grant 200 


Alex'r Grant 



Peter Mograge 100 


John Douglass 


Jere Wardwell 100 


Danl. Brown 



Sam'l Wescut 100 


Jno. Mcintosh (jr) 



Dan'l Perkins 120 


Jm. Mcintosh 



Thos. Nutter 200 


Thomas Nutter 



Giles Johnson 100 


Kidder & Budge 


Jas. Taylor 100 

'77 1 

Dan ford 



Matt'w Yarn urn 200 


Matt'w & Gersham Varnum 



Keub'n Grindal 200 


Reub'n Grindal 



Danl. Grinda! 200 


Daniel Grindal 



Giles Johnson 60 


Giles Johnson 

Seth Blodget 200 


Dan'l Grindal 


John Dailey 100 


David Dailey 



Joseph Webber 100 


Josep'i Webber 



John Grindal jr. 100 


Ichabod Grindal 


John Grindal 100 


Benj'n Wcodman 


Peletiah Freeman 100 


John Grindal 


John Grindal 100 


John Dailey 



C. Limebuxner 100 


Matthew Limeburner 



Wid'w Wardwell 200 


Prince Hatch & Mains 



Abr*m Perkins 200 


Abr'rn Perkins 



Ben. Lunt 100 


Benj. Lunt 



Jos. Young 100 


Dudly Howard 


List of Early Settlers at Haj orbiguaduce. 


Name of the persen now 
living on the lot. 

of said lot. 

Number of 

taken up. 

. — 


— 1 




Name of the person who 
first settled the lot. 


Will Marks 



Will. Marks 



Minister Lott 


1 761 



Arch'd Hanney 


1 761 

Arch'd Haney 



School Lott 





Jos. Perkins 





David } I awes 



Joseph Bliffin 



John Condon 



Condon & Mains 



Israel Webber 



Israel Webber 



Elisha Hopkins 

J 20 


Edw'd Howard 



Rich'd Brown 



Edw'd Howard 



John Lee 



Edw'd Howard jr. & Jere. V 



Mich. Dyer 



Timothy Blake 



John Cariton 



Andrew Webber 



Jos. Young 



S. Marble 



£ph. Blake 



John Smart 



Heirs of Isr'l Blake 



Israel Blake 


Eben'r Webster 



Moses Blake 



John Corson 



John Redman 



Reuben Mayo 



Reuben Mayo 



lsr'l Redman 



John Corson 



Jn'o Redman 



Oliver Blake 



Abigail Webber 


1 70S 

A. Webber 



Absent Aliin Calel 



Allin Calef 


Geo. Woodhouse 



Josh. Young 



Jon'a Carlton 



Jon'a Carlton 



Jon'a Carlton jr. . 



Jon'a Carlton junr. 



John Carlton 



John Carlton 


Benj. Howard 



Ben. Howard 


Jacob Orcutt 



Elisha Hopkins 



Sam'l Howard 



Dan'l Austin 



Malachi Orcutt 



Elisha Hopkins 



Mark Hatch & Jos. Perkins 



John Trott* 

Lyd'a Avery, Widow 


1 761 

Sol'o Avery* 



Mark Hatch 


1 761 

Josh it. Reub'r Gray* 



John Perkins 



Jn'o tz Sam'l Gray* 



Jos. Perkins 



And'w & John Gray* 



Aaron Banks 



Tho's Wescut* 



John Perkins 



Isr'l Veasey* 


Joseph Perkins 



Jacob Dice* 

Mattnias Ritchie 



A. Allen 



Majorbiguaduce, Sept. 23, 1784. 

The above State was taken and drawn up by order of the above 

Inhabitants by 

(Signed) Daniel Ward well ) r ... 

. Joseph Young ) ^ ommittee 

Commu?iicated by Dr. y. JF. Pratt, Chelsea i Mass., to the Ells- 
worth American. 

* Now Castinc — 38 inhabitants there in 1784; 611 inhabitants in whole town. 

58 Edward Rishworth of Wells and York. 


He was probably born in the parish of Bilsby, Lincolnshire, 
England. He was at Exeter, N. H., in 1639, when be signed the 
combination by which the colonists there agreed to be governed. 
He married there Susannah, the eldest daughter of Rev. John 
Wheelwright, and probably the widow of John Wite or White of 
Exeter. He removed to Wells in lt>43-4, where with others he 
was appointed by Governor Gorges to allot lands to settlers. 
He went to York in 1747. He held the office of Recorder (or 
Register of Deeds) for York County from October, 1651, to June, 
1686, except the years 1668-69, when the records were removed 
to Boston. Pie was Councillor and Secretary of the Province in 
1680, and Deputy to the General Court from York thirteen years, 
and for Scarborough and Falmouth as a non-resident. July 5, 
1680, John Wincoll laid out to him land jjiven to him in his 
father-in-law's will, fifty acres upland and 20 acres marsh. 

August 1, 1678, he sold land with the consent of his wife Sus- 
annah. I do not find her after this date. He died in 1691. His 
descendant* by his daughter Mary are numerous and respectable 

judges, governors, representatives to Congress, etc. 

February 25 or 26, 1691, administration was granted to Mrs. 
Mary Hull of the estate of her deceased father, Mr. Edward Rish- 
worth, and the said Mary and John Wheelwright (her cousin) 
stood bound to our Sovereign Lora and King and Queen in the 
sum of £78, that the said Mary Hull should administer on the 
estate according to law.f 

1 find but two children : 

i. Edward KlSHWORTH, Jr.. named in the will of his Uncle Samuel 
Hutchinson of Boston, April, 1CG7. He probably died before his 

ii. Mary. b. York Jan. S. 1GG0; m. first John Sayward — his second wife. 
October 16. 163:2. Edward Rishworth conveyed his estate to his daugh- 
ter Mary and hef husband, John Sayward. The consideration was 
that Say ward should pay the estate of John Cutis £15. 10s.. and pay 
Rishworth £60 and £n per year, and maintain Rishworth as long as 
he sees good to live with Wayward. J In 1716. as Mary Plaisted. adm. 
of the estate of John Sayward formerly of York, deceased. She had 
some controversy with John Say ward, Jr., about the estate, John Jr. 
claimed that he had purchased the rights of his sisters Susannah and 
Hannah; and the shares of his sisters Esther and Mary now in 
Canada remained to them if demanded. § 

* York Deeds, p. 92. vol. 3. 
r York Records, vol. 5, part 2, folio 9. 
t York Deeds, book 3, folio 121. 
$ English captives in Cannda. 

Edward Bishworth of Wells and York. 59 

Widow Mary Rishworth Sayward married second Phineas Hull 
of Saco and York. 

In the attack on York Au£. 22, 1690, the Indians took Mrs. 
Hull prisoner, and kept her for their secretary as she was a good 
writer. She returned home May 1 or Nov. 29, 1691. 

Another account says she was one of "ten English captives who 
were redeemed from the Indians Nov. 23, 1691." 

Another account says that William Sayward and wife with two 
children were taken prisoners by the Indians Jan. 25, 1692, and 
carried to Canada, and redeemed by Matthew Cary in October, 
1695. I cannot reconcile these conflicting statements. 

Hull died in 1689 or 1690. His wife returned an inventory of 
his estate to which she made oath Feb. 18, 1689, £39, 0s., 6d. 
She had no children by Hull. 

Widow Mary Hull married third James Plaisted of York* — his 
second wife. Her children, whose descendants are numerous in 

Maine were : 

ii. Mary Sayward. b. April 4, 1GS1 ; taken prisoner by the Indians and 
carried to Canada. 

ii. Sarah or Susannah, b. March 9. 16S3; m. Abraham P'reble of York. 

iii. Ester Sayward. b. March 7, 16S3; taken prisoner by the Indians and 
carried to Canada. 

iv. Hannah Sayward. b. June 21. 1687. She m. Joseph Swett. 

V. Joskph Sayward. b. Jan. 2. 1G90; m. Mary Bane Dec. 13, 17 — 

vi. Lydia Plaisted, b. Jan. 4, 1696. 

vii. Olive Plaisted. b. May 1, 1698. She m. in York 1718. Samuel Jor- 
dan. He b. 1684. His son Samuel Jr.. b. 1729; graduated Harvard 
College: m. Mercy Bourne. Thpir son Meletiah Jordan b. 1753. was 
one of the first settlers of Ellsworth, and grandfather of Chief 
Justice John A. Peters of Bangor. Samuel Jordan died, and his 
widow m. second Rev. Thomas Miikh of Portland. 


Died in Jonesborough, Me., Dec. 26, 1892, Mary Flaherty, 
aged 93 years, 9 mos., 6 days ; born in "Wolt'boro, N. H. ; daughter 
of Young Shorey who married a daughter of John Landgon of Xew 
Hampshire, who was a member of the Constitutional Convention 
of the United States 1787. She went to Shorey's Island now 
Roque's Island where her brother, John Shorey, merchant, re- 
sided. She married Thomas Flaherty who died in 1873. They 
are both buried at Whitney ville. 

* He was Town Clerk of York in 169S, and wrote on the town records the dates of 
birth of their children. 




60 Monument to Col. Jonathan Bddy^ of Eddington. 



On Friday, October 28, 1892, the descendants of Col. Jonathan 
Eddy caused to be erected at Eddington Bend, at the junction of 
the river road and the road leading to East Eddinsrton, an elegant 
granite monument standing on a base five feet square and about 
eleven feet in height, having a die two feet square and four feet 
high, showing four polished faces, one of which bears the follow- 
ing inscription : 

"Jonathan Eddy, 1726-1804. A captain in the French and 
Indian war. A colonel in the Revolutionary war. A representa- 
tive to the Massachusetts Great and General Court, 1783. First 
magistrate on Penobscot river. This town of Eddington named 
in his honor and part of the original grant to himself and soldiers. 
This memorial erected by his descendants in 1892." 

Col. Eddy was quite a prominent man of his time. He was in 
command of the American forces at the battle of Machias, Aug. 
13, 14, 15, 1777. 


Page 18. John Greenleaf should be Joseph Greenleaf. 

19. George Gould u George Goud. 

20. Anna McCown " Anna MeGown. i 
20. Lydia Baret " Lydia Barets. 

216* John Peirce " Jane Peirce, 

218. Luke Stewart, " Suke Stewart. 

221. Fancy Wyman " Nancy Wyman. 

221. Feb. 6 should be Feb. 7. 
The following should appear on page 215 of Vol. VII. 
1788, Oct. 18. Aaron Chote, of Pauitown* and Elizabeth Ekhorn. 

Nathan Dole from Sandy River of no town, and Anny Greenleaf. 
28. James Parker and Rebecca Groves. 
Nov. 5. James Snell of Woolwich, and Elizabeth Young. 
Dec. 7. David Money and Patty Corn. 
On page 217 1792, Nov. 3. Nath'l Nelson and Peggy Decker, of Edgecomb. 
On page 220 1801, May 25. Richard Norrison and Hannah Chase. 

— W. D. Patterson. 

• Now Whitefield. 



.a_ is^roisrTi&HiiL^r- 

Vol. VIII. Bangor, Me., April, May, June, 1893. Nos.4,5,6. 


AT CASTINE, SEPT. 21, 1880. 


A cordial greeting was given to the representatives of the 
society and ample arrangements made for an exhaustive and 
methodical exhibit of the remarkable treasures of history in a 
fullness of a detail of relics, ruins no where else to be found in 
Maine, if in North America. ^ 

Recent investigation must force the student of the history of 
North America, at this point, back of the observations of English 
or French voyagers, of 1602, 1005, Gosnold, DeMonts and Wey- 
mouth. Spain, as early as 1521, had surveyed the Penobscot and 
land marked the region; Francis 1st. of France, had undoubtedly 
made seizure here, probably, on presumed right in virtue of 
"Adams will;" so that in 1656, Andre Thevet,* a member of the 
betrayed expedition of the first essay of French Huguenots to 
establish a "new common wealth" of protecting Christianity in 
the new world, in searching northward for a home for "freedom 
to worship God" landed on the shores of Penobscot Bay, prob- 
ably at this head land a natural fort of the Peninsula of Castine, 
there found a little French Fort, a relic of earlier military posses- 
sion here. 

We must be indulged in pausing to look at Castine and its sur- 
soundings in laudscape and life more than three hundred and 

* Maine Historical Sociely-s Collections, New Series, vol. I, pp. 413-417. 

62 Field Day of the Maine Historical Society at Castine. 

fift} x years ago. Thevet held an eminent position as historiogra- 
pher and cosmographer to the crown in France. His observa- 
tions were therefore official. He describes the Penobscot — the 
Fox Islands, its entrance near the country of "Queen Mountains 
and a Cape of Islands." The mouth of the river, he described as 
wonderfullv laroe and endangered with rnanv thick and high rocks. 
Three leagues up he speaks of an island four leagues in circum- 
ference; where dwell birds of various kind and where also lived 
fishermen. The island was shaped like an arm, and extending 
north and south. The river was called by the French, Norum-be- 
gue : by the natives "A-gon-cy." Great swarms of people, like 
flights of starlings, flocked from all directions, to Thevets land- 
ing, men first, women next, then children and girls last. The 
men were called i; A-gue-huns ;" the women -'Pera-gra-as-tas ;" 
the children "A-de-gestas ;" and the girls "Ani-us-ges-tas." They 
were also clad in skins of wild beasts. The crowds and their 
demeanor excited the fear of Thevet and the ships company who 
all withdrew to the ship, from shore. But the people of the 
country made signs of amity, brought provision and sent their 
principal men on board, to allay apprehension, friendly intercourse 
was thus restored between ship and shore. Native houses were 
called, "Cano-que ;" and a little old man their king, called "Pera- 
mich," showed Thevet, the bodies of animals, hanging from the 
beams, killed for the ships use. Fires were kindled on which to 
roast flesh and fish. The festivities of this interview however 
were arrested by messerlgers, who came to the king bearing the 
heads of six men, taken in war. Thevet with his crew secietlv 
stole away to their ship, aghast, at the bloody episode in their 
feast. But the king was distressed at the departure and distrust, 
next morning presented himself with three of his children on 
shipboard with sadness, saying, "let us go, let us go on land, my 
friend and brother. Come, to eat and drink what we have. We 
declare by Heaven, Earth, Moon and Stars, you shall fare as one 
of us." 

The apparent good will of the old king prevailed : and some 
twenty arrived and went on shore, and into the lodgings and were 
well treated. 

Great numbers of the people came and caressed the voyagers. 

Field Day of the Maine Historical Society at Castine. 63 

For five days Thevet experienced the hospitalities of these ancient 
Penobscots and then weighed anchor, leaving them * 4 in marvelous 

We have no description of the Fort of Norumbegue of 1556, 
other, than that it was small and a French Fort ; and whether it 
remained, till Champlain with DeMonts explored the Penobscot 
waters, some fifty years after, does not appear, but it is quite 
probable that it was the site of subsequent French fortified trade 
stations and mission houses and homesteads. 

As early as 1611, the curtillage of the little old Fort Norumbe- 
gua seems to have been an attractive point, for the establishment 
of Catholic mission stations and a foothold of French possession, 
in New England. 

This ancient stronghold arrested the attention of the English 
Colonial authorities of the plantations of 1607, as a menace to 
English right of possession, in the Virginia Colonization of North 
America and Capt. Sam'l Argall, in the Treasurer, a ship of one 
hundred and thirty tons and fourteen guns, in 1613, in vindication 
and assertion of the English Queen, by enforced dispossession at 
Pentaooet and elsewhere east of Monheeran, contested the ri^ht 
of France to colonial foothold on the Penobscot. 

Argall justified these acts of ejectment, under Royal licenses 
of 1606, by the Queen of England, in virtue of which Popham 
had taken possession of and settled places "fit and convenient" in 
the Pemaquid country, at and about latitude 44 degrees north, as 
well as Sagadahoc. 

But the French seem to have resumed their possession at Penta- 
goet, at once on the departure of Argall. In 1614, their store- 
houses controlled the native trade, in the abundance and cheap- 
ness of their goods east of Pemaquid which embarrassed Capt. 
John Smith in making up his voyages of that year, at Monhegan, 
as much as did the exclusiveness and extent, of the fur trade and 
fisheries of "Pophains Port," on the Maine over against Monhe- 

Castine in the east and Pemaquid in the west, were centers of 
rival National interest and possession between the French and 
English in 1614, well in hand. 

From this time forward the material of history, bearing on the 

64 Colonel Joseph Adams, of Chewy field. 

civil, military, and religious developernent of life at this irmitial 
and remarkable point, in the begining of European colonization 
of North America, are full reliable and intensely full of interest. 

The town of Castine is aptly described by Richardson in hi s 
field day report "as a natural Fort." Such in fact is the site of 
the ancient town, in all its natural features. 

The entire headland of Castine is a heap of earth-works, in 
magnificent outlines in good state of preservation, and the soil 
bristles with the debris of annual occupancy and holdings show- 
ing it to be a national as well as a natural stronghold of great 
antiquity * * *. 


Joseph Adams was born in Lincoln, Mass., and in 1807, settled 
in Wiscasset, and in Cherryfiekl prior to 1809, as he was a Plan- 
tation officer that year. From this time for more than half a 
century he was identified with the town and all its interests. He 
was a man of fine personal presence, and of genial manners. 

He was a Representative, 1820-21-22-2:3-24-26-27-29 and 31. 
Colonel of the Regiment. He was also Postmaster of the town, 
surveyor of lands and dispenser of the law, and in fact had things 
about his own way. Although he was not the most pious man in 
town, he was none the less conspicuous in church affairs. It so 
occurred that when Elder Phineas Bond came to Cherryfiekl in 
April 1825, that Colonel Adams was delegated to go to Sullivan 
and bring him through. The day was cold and bleak, and when 
the Colonel arrived at Gouldsboro, he drove to the tavern and 
ordered a couple mugs of "Torn and Jerry." Much to his 
surprise, however, the parson declined to imbibe. Well, remarked 
the Colonel, "I've paid for them drinks and I'm going to take 
'em both and leave the result with Providence." With a graceful 
nod at the Elder the Colonel proceeded to drain the mugs, and 
having incased himself in his cloak the two started on their jour- 
ney. They had not gone more than a mile when the Colonel 
began to enthuse on the subject of religion, and before they had 

Letter from General Knox to General Henry Jackson. 65 

reached Steuben he was acquainting every one he met how "kind 

the good and gracious Lord had been to him." 

He married first, Elizabeth, oldest daughter of Thomas and 

Hannah Archibald, she died March 22, 1811, aged 21. He married 

second, Nancy, the oldest daughter of General James Campbell, 

of Harrington, she was born June 28, 1790, died April 15, 1834. 

He died 1872, aged about 90. Children : 

i. Delia, by first wife, married George S. Smith, Jr. 

ii. James C, by second wife, married Harriet Nichols. 

iii. Samuel F.. married Esther Moore. 

iv. Betsey, married first Eobert S. Nichels and second John H. Nichels* 

v. Joseph T., married Louisa Upton. 

vi. John Q., married first Nancy A. Campbell and second Elizabeth 



Thomastox, 22 June, iSoo. 

My dear Friend : — I received your favor by the post respecting 
Hosmer, and also yours by the proceeding post respecting Mrs. Swan's 

It must be confessed that the demands are so numerous and urgent, 
that it will be difficult enough to struggle with all of them. Thorndike 
and Pickman's utmost term expires on the 3rd of next month, when 
they will have a right to sue for the capital if their interest of 840, 
dollars shall not be paid, and then above all General Elliot's solemn 
obligation becomes due on the 20th of the next month, besides which I 
have a number of lesser obligations or debts which are extremely 

I believe I may visit Boston in the begining of the next month to 
endeavor to make some arrangement whereby to make the means, 
which are accruing from the lime business to satisfy the most eager for 
the present, — and yet such a step to meet clamorous creditors is taking 
most unpleasant position. Although surrounded with perplexities I 
am not dismayed. I flatter myself I shall rise superior to all demands. 
But it must be in consequence of indulgence. 

I shall make every exertion to pour something considerable into the 
lap of Mrs. Swan. Our coasters detest taking the bricks, but at a 
price which would reduce them to nothing- I have made ten attempts 
but I hope to succeed in getting a hold-full this week. I am infinitely 
anxious on this subject on your account as well as my own, and shall 
therefore use all exertions to pay as much as possible, and I do expect 

66 Abel Haggles, of Carmel. 

to be able to effect 2,000 dollars in the course of the two succeeding 
months, by parcels and perhaps more. She has written to me, and I 
have answered by this post. 

I suppose Henry 2 will be here tins week, perhaps, unless the Devil 
should continue him in New York. But he has promised to "be here 
immediately. The subject, however, is a sore one, perhaps as a single 
object the most so of anyone I have to encouuter. 

Your friend whose rose is not without thorns, 


Funds have been provided to repay Gen'l Lincoln his advances for 

Gorhams execution. 

n > t 

Gen l Jackson : 

Tell Hosmer you expect me at Boston the next month. He cannot 

be serious in suing. 




Thomaston, June 22. ~. 

1. General J:toksou, a Revolutionary associate of Knox, re-ided in Boston, where 
he died in 1809. He was a large purchaser of lands in Eastern Maine. 

2. His son Henry, whose dissolute life was a source of infinite trouble to his father. 

— Communicated by yosefih Williamson, Esq. 


Abel Rcggles, of Carmel, Me., 1790. was brother of Rev. 
Paul Rnggles, born Hard wick, May 26, 1775. Removed to Carmel, 
1790, married Lucinda, sister of Daniel Thomas, Jr., Hardwick, 
1790. Representative to General Court, 1823, Member of 
Maine Constitutional Convention, 1320. He and his wife both 

died 1860. 

i. Daniel Thomas, first white child born in Carmel. He married; 
Lived and died in Carmel. No children. 

ii. Asia, unmarried, drowned when a young man. 

111'. Mercy, married Elisha Mayo. • 

iv. Abel, went west to Iowa. 

v. Betsy, married Gorham. 

vi. Lutheria, died single in Carmel. 

vii. Anna Dean, died single in Carmel. 

Orphan's Island. 67 


This island is in the mouth of Penobscot river, off against 
Bucksport and Orland. it was anciently called Penobscot Island, 
Wetm ore's Island, then Orphans' Island, and incorporated into a 
town with the outlandish name of Verona, Feb. 11th, 1861. In 1763 
there were three families on the lower end of the island, and no 
settlers above on the river. After the Revolutionary War the 
heirs of the Waldo Patent claimed it, and the General Court 
granted the claim. Our fathers understood legislative lobbying 
as well as we do in these latter days. Originally, the island was 
no more a part of the Muscongus, or Waldo Patent, than Mount 
Katahdin was. 

Samuel Waldo, of Boston, sold William Wetmore, of Boston, 
one-half of the island May 18, 1789 — Hancock Records, volume 4, 
page 493. 

Lucy Waldo, of Boston, single woman, sold William Wetmore, 
of Boston, one-fourth of the island for £300, May 2, 1790 — Han- 
cock Records, volume 4, page 454. 

Widow Sarah Waldo, of Boston, sold William Wetmore and 
wife Sally of Boston, for £3,000, the whole or part of the island, 
3,168 acres according to survey of Jona Buck, Jr., in 1792, 
also an island adjoining thereto in Eastern River containing 
twelve and one-half acres with privilege of fishing Jan. 2, 1796. 
— Hancock Records, volume 4, page 496 and volume 5, page 291. 

After this time it seems to have been owned wholly by William 
Wetmore and wife. He was born in Middletown, Conn., Oct. 
30, 1749, H. C. 1770; Lawyer; settled in Boston. He married 
Sally, daughter of Samuel Waldo, Esq. She was born Nov. 30, 
1762. He is said to have resided in Castine, for a short time. 
He delivered an oration there Feb. 22, 1800, in commemoration 
of the death of Washington. It has been said that he lived on 
the island. I see no pi oof of this. George Wetmore died on 
the Island Sept. 14, 1835, aged 77 years, 6 mouths. Grave stone 
in Bucksport cemetery. He may have been a brother of William. 

William Wetmore returned to Salem, Mass., where he was a 
Judge in Essex County. He died in 1830, at the age of 81. 

68 Oi-phavJs Island. 

Mrs. Wetmore died Sept. 30, 1805, her children all of Boston, 
named in her will, minors, were Sarah Waldo, Augusta, Hester 
Ann, Thomas and Samuel Waldo. One daughter married Joseph 
Story the distinguished lawyer. Their son William Wetmore 

Story is the celebrated sculptor. Wetmore family — 

i. Wm. Wetmore. b. Aug. 7, 1777, of Boston, Grad. H. C. 1797, and 
died 1807. aged 30. 

ii. Thomas Wetmore, b. Aug. 31, 1794, Grad. H. C. 1814, died 1860. 


Joseph York and wife Sarah, sold Benjamin Lilly for £100, 
quit claim, 100 acres land bounded on Wm. Wetmore. Witnesses 
Joseph Boyd and Clark Partridge, Jan. 20, 1791 — Hancock 
Records, volume 1, page 315. 

Thomas Cummings, mortgage to Wm. Wetmore, of Boston, 
for £180, in lot of 200 acres of land bounded westerly by Penob- 
scot river, 120 rods ; southerly by land occupied by John Crocker, 
by lease from said Wetmore and one Lucy Waldo ; northerly on 
land occupied by Samuel Richards, Oct. 8. 1791 — Hancock Records, 
volume 1, page 325. 

Thomas Cummings, Jr., Natick, Mass., mortgaged laud to 
Wetmore for £103, Oct. 12, 1791. 

William Nickeeson, mortgaged to Wm. Wetmore, 100 acres, 
for £80, Oct. 22, 1791. Hancock Records, volume 1, page 328. 

Benjamin Lilly, mortgaged to Wm. Wetmore, 100 acres, 
bounded southerly by Calvin Turner; northerly, by land occupied 
by Ebenezer Walker ; westerly, by Penobscot River for £80, Dec. 
22, 1791 — Hancock Records, volume 1, page 315. 

Thomas Cummings Jr., of Orphans Island, sold land to Wm. 
Wetmore, for £103, 10s, Oct. 14, 1792 — Hancock Records, volume 
3, page 90. 

Benjamin Lilly, yeoman ; Giles Scott, trader ; and Joseph 
York, yeoman, and wife Sarah all of Orphans Island, quit claim 
to William Wetmore of Boston, 100 acres of land, near land now 
improved by Geo. Wetmore, and the Shute lot, with the privilege 
of fishing etc., April 14, 1794, Witnessed by Rachel Wetmore 
and George Wetmore — Hancock Records, volume 2, page 444. 

Parties all lived on Orphans island, unless otherwise stated. 

The Cadillac Grant, July 23, 1688. 69 


De La Motte Cadillac, dwelling in Acadia, was granted a tract 
of land at a "place called Donaquet, near Mageis, (Machias) eon- 
^istingr of two Leagues on the seashore with two Leagues of 
depth (the Donaquet River which is to divide them by the mid- 
dle not included,) together with the Island of Mount Desert and 
other islands which are on the fore part of said two Leagues." 
May 24, 1869, King Louis XIV confirmed the grant. 

In 1692, Cadillac was on our coast and wrote a memoir of Aca- 
dia and New England, which has been translated from the French 
and printed in Vol. VI. of the Maine Historical Society's collec- 
tion. He says , Machias is ten Leagues from Passamaquoddy, 
and from Machias to Mount Desert twentv Leaq-ues, which 
Island is very high and mountainous and twelve Leagues in circum- 
ference. The harbor there is good and beautiful, no sea inside, 
and vessels be as it were in a box. The harbor has four entrances, 
the north-east the best with nine fathoms of water ; the eastern 
entrance with fourteen or fifteen fathoms ; the south-west with 
three and one-half fathoms and the western of three and one- 
half fathoms. 

Donaquet, an island on the north-east side of a river* of the 
same name which is beautiful and wide, there is a rock in the 
middle of the entrance which is not covered at hi^h tide. As 
you go in you see two small and very steep islands. The entrance 
is safe everywhere ; within is a basin four Leagues in circumfer- 
ence and. good anchorage with ten fathoms of water. For enter- 
ing S ail south. 


The Town of Maxfield, formerly Bridgton Academy Grant, 
was settled by men from Hingham, Mass. In 1818, Joseph Mcin- 
tosh, Samuel Mcintosh, Thomas Mcintosh three brothers ; Stephen 
Mcintosh and Stephen Jr. his son, Martin Gushing and Prince 
Thomas in 1820, and Henry Clapp Blacksmith. The town was 
incorporated b^eb. G, 1824, and was named by the settlers above 
who when they came down the river with their rafts, named it 
Macksfield. Joseph Mcintosh was the first representative in 1824. 
and in 1826. 

* As to the locality of above described harbor, I am not so sure as some others. 

70 Notes about Machias. 



Machias was the first organized settlement and the first incor- 
porated town east of Penobscot River.* The town is noted for 
the character and intelligence of its first settlers and their many 
notable descendents. 

In the autumn of 1762, Isaiah Foster, Isaac Larrabee and 
others now unknown, from Scarborough, started in a whale-boat 
for Machias river where they in due time arrived. They found 
there, 300 acres of marsh, unlimited pine forests and abundant 
water power. They determined to settle there and returned 
home and the next spring, formed a company to settle at Machias. 
They left Scarborough the last of April and after a long and 
stormy passage arrived there May 20. Their names were : 
Samuel Scott. Sylvanus Scott, Timothy Libby, David Libby, 
George Libby, Daniel Hill, Japhet Hill, Solomon Stone, John 
Stone, Isaiah Foster, Westbrook Berry, wife and three children, 
Isaac Larrabee, wife and three children, Daniel Fogg, Joel Bonney, 
millwright, and Wooden Foster, Blacksmith, all of Scarborough. 

Jonathan Carlton, from Sheepscot. Capt. Thomas Buck of 
Plymouth, Mass., were masters of the vessel. William Jones a 
merchant of Portsmouth, N, H., was a promoter of the enter- 
prise. They built a large log house at West Falls, and also a 
saw-mill before winter, In August the families of nine others 

A part of the land between Middle River Marsh and the mam 
river, was lotted out into eighteen seven acre lots, which were 
seven rods wide. Each of the eighteen settlers had one of the lots. 

In 1764-65-60, other settlers arrived ; Daniel Elliot. Joseph 
Holmes, Dea. Joseph Libby. Ebenezer Libby, Benjamin Foster, 
Jr., Joseph Sever, Joseph Munson, Joseph Balch, Ezekiel Foster, 
Joseph Getchell, Benjamin Foss, Gideon O'Brien all of Scarbor- 
ough, John Underwood from Kittery, merchant, Jonathan Long- 
fellow from Cornwallis, N. S. In March 1766, Stephen Jones, 

* Facts have been gathered from the address of William F>. Smith at the Centennial 
Celebration, May 20, 1863; from Washington and Lincoln County records; from 
Machias and Scarborough town records; family records; Mi'chias news papers and 
from many other sources. 

Notes about MacMas. 



Iu 1769, a Militia company was formed, Stephen Jones, Captain ; 
Benjamin Foster, Lieutenant ; Sylvan us Scott, Ensign. 

In 1769, a petition signed by eighty inhabitants, was sent to 
the General Court, asking for grant of the township. This peti- 
tion was granted April 26, 1770, and the inhabitants organized 
Sept. 11, 1770, and officers chosen. 

Other settlers came prior to the Revolution, notably Stephen 
Smith, George Stillman, James Flynn, William Tupper, Jonathan 
Pineo, Enoch Waterhouse, William Tupper and others. 

During the war and subsequently there came : Dr. William 
Chalouer, David Gardner, Peter Talbot, John B. Hillard, Ros- 
well Hitchcock, John D. Folsom, James Avery, 

In 1771-2, Rev. James Lyon was employed to preach, and 

continued until his death. Oct. 12, 1794 ; aged 59. May 24, 1778, 

a subscription was raised for his support as follows: 

£ s d 
J. Allan, while he continues in 
the place at the rate of per year 9 00 

Win. Albee 1 10 

James Diilawav 12 

£ s d 

"James Flinn 3 00 

Joseph Libbee 5 10 

Ezekiel Libbee 2 00 

Stephen Smith, four thousand 

boards, or 12 00 

David Prescot 1 10 

JobBurnum i 00 

Samuel Davis Bryant 3 00 

Samuel Shaw 1 10 

Joseph Holmes, two thousand 


George Sevey 2 00 

Daniel Holt pays as much as 


John Crocker 3 00 

Jonathan Barry 18 

Japhet Hill, fifteen hundred 


Enoch Waterhouse 2 10 

Solomon Stone 3 00 

Daniel Stone 3 00 

Joseph Averil 1 00 

Jonathan Pineo 1 10 

John Berry 1 10 

Joseph Getchell, his x mark, 

this to be paid in lumber 1 10 

David Longfellow 3 00 

John Steel 12 

Benj. Foster, three thousand of 

boards, or 9 00 

John Scott 2 00 

Jonas Farnsworth 3 00 

Daniel Meserve, two thousand 

shingles 1 16 

ObadiahHill 2 00 

Gideon O'Brien 2 10 

Samuel Burnum 1 00 

Jobn Waits 1 00 

Henry W^atts 10 

Joseph Getchell, Junior 18 

Beujamin Harmon 12 

Jabez West 1 10 

Benjamin Foster. Junior 1 00 

Wooden Foster, one thousand 

three huudred ft. boards, or.... 3 18 

Samuel Rich will ^rive as much as 
he finds himself willing. 

James Xoble Shannon 00 

Benj. Gooch, Junior 1 00 

Aaron Hanscom » 2 00 

Eleazar Hatheway 1 00 

Wallis Fenlason 1 00 

John Long 1 10 

72 Notes about Machias. 

In 1774 the first meeting house was build near where the town 
house now stands. It was built by Stephen Jones, Stephen Smith, 
George Stillrnan, James Flynn, David Longfellow, William Tup- 
per, William Albee, Joseph Averill, Amos Boynton, Daniel 
Meserve, Jonathan Pineo, John Berry, Joseph Libby, Job Burn- 
ham, Enoch Waterhouse and Obediah Hill, at a cost of $220. 
It was one story high, twenty-five feet wide and forty-two feet 
long. It had no pews. The people sat on benches. The church 
was afterwards bought by the town, and was used for schools and 
also for a court house for the courts for several years. 

The Revolutionary War came on, and as has been so well told 
by the natives of the town, the efforts of the people saved Eastern 
Maine from bein^ severed from the United States and annexed to 
Nova Scotia. 

June 23, 1784, the town was incorporated the forty-second 
town in the State. In extent the township was about ten miles 
by eight miles. January 24, 1826, the town divided and parts of 
it incorporated into the new towns of Machiasport and East 
Machias. Whitney ville was incorporated Eel). 10, 1845, and 
Marshfield June 30, 1846. 

Buck's Harbor Neck, now in Machiasport, contained 6,080 
acres and was sold to John Coffin Jones and others Mar. 2, 1788. 


Benajah Ackley : 

Married Anna, daughter of Samuel Holmes prior to 1776. They 
had eleven or more children and have many descendants. 

William Albee : 

Married Ellen Dillaway, prior to i773> mne children ; many 

Col. John Allan, from Nova Scotia : 

Lived here during the Revolutionary War as superintendent of East- 
ern Indians, etc. He moved to Allan's Island about 1784. 

Ephraim Andrews, from Scarborough : 

Married Anna Brown in Scarborough, Aug. 23, 1749* They had 
twelve children, eleven of whom had families. 

James Avery, from Boston : 

First Representative, 1784, and after in 1785-88-89. First Register 

Notes about MacMas. 73 

of Probate of Washington County. Married Rebecca Edes of Boston ; 
six children. 

Joseph Averill, from York : 

Married Sarah Stone prior to 1779 ; had eleven children and many 
descendants. He was a Revolutionary soldier. 

James Archibald : 

Was a trader at Machias. James Farnsworth was appointed admin- 
istration on his estate Nov. 1, 1783. 

Obediah Allen, Jr. : 

Married Ruth, daughter cf Ephriam Andrews ; removed to Robbins- 
ton, where he died in 1S63, at the age of 99: many descendants. 

James Annas : 

Married Deborah Chase ; eleven children. 

London Atus : 

Colored servant of Rev. James Lyon ; Revolutionary pensioner ; 
married prior to 1789 Eunice Frost. They had eleven or more children. 

Nathan Andrews : 

Was a Revolutionary soldier at Machias, 1777. 

Nathaniel Babb, from Scarborough : 

Married Jane ; before 1794; no children. 

Joseph Balch, from Scarborough, prior to 1 7^5* 

Westbrook Berry, from Scarborough: 

Son of Elisha, born Dec. 16, 1734; married Jane Freeman Jan. 23, 
1755 ; five children. Job Crocker administrated his estate 07/3). His 
widow said to married John Crocker about 1768. 

John Berry, from Scarborough : 

Brother of Westbrook. Born Feb. 14, 1736; married Sally Libby 
in Scarborough, Sept. 30, 1768; eight children. He was a Revolu- 
tionary soldier. 

Manwaring Beal, from Cape Elizabeth, 1763-4: 

Settled at Buck's Harbor. Bought out John Manchester, 1770. 

Amaziah Bohannon : 

Settled in Machias. Two sons, John and Daniel. All probably 
removed to Calais. 

Joel Bonney, from Scarborough : 

Carpenter, 1S73. Sold lot at Sprague's Neck to Rev. James Lyon, 

Ma y Si l 777- 

Ralph Hart Bowles, from Boston, 1788: 

Born there March 10, 1857 ; Town Clerk, Post Master, first Clerk of 
the Courts for the county. His house in Machias was where the Clare 
Hotel now is. He married Hannah, daughter of Rev. Josiah Crockei, 
and sister of the wife of Gen. David Cobb of Gouldsboro, prior to 1789 ; 
several children. He died Oct. 30, 1873; widow died in Boston, July 
10, 1847, *g*d % 2 - 

74 Notes about Machias. 

Levi Bowker, from Scituate, Mass. : 

Born there July 25, 1773 ; settled in Machias ; Revolutionary soldier ; 
married Elizabeth Watts of Jonesborough,Oct. 25, 1789 ; nine children ; 
He died July 28, 1S50; widow died Feb. 23, 1S54, a o ea * 88 years, 9 

Capt. Thomas Buck, of Plymouth, Mass. : 

Captain of the schooner that carried the first settlers, 1763. Buck's 
Harbor was probably named for him. 

Amos Boynton, from Scarborough : 

Married first Mary Libby, prior to 1777' anc * second Lucy Loring. 

James Brown : 

Six children on Machias Records, 1766-S0. 

Phineas Bruce, from Mendon, Mass. : 

Born there June 7, 1762; Yale College, 1786; settled at Machias, 
1790; first lawyer in Washington County; Representative, 1791 to 
1800 inclusive ; elected Representative to eighth Congress, 1804, but 
did not take his seat on account of poor health. He married Jane, 
sister of Hon. James Savage of Boston about 1 795* ^ e died in 
Uxbridge, Mass., Oct. 6, 1809. His widow died in Cambridge, Mass., 
1854, aged 86. 

Samuel Davis Bryant, from Scarborough : 

Married Elizabeth Harmon there Dec. 14, 1758; children. 

Bartholomew Bryant, from Scarborough : 

Revolutionary soldier, 1777; married Elizabeth Brookings in Scar- 
borough, Jan. 25, 1763; ten children. 

Job Burnham, from Scarborough : 

Probably son of Daniel, baptised T an « 3> J 74 2 > married Mary 
O'Brien ; eleven children. 

Samuel Burnham, from Scarborough, prior to 1769. 

Jonathan Carlton, from Sheepscot, 1763 : 
Had lived in Machias, 1766. 

Peter Coolbroth : 

Settled Buck's Harbor, prior to 1772; Revolutionary pensioner. 

James Coolbroth : 

Killed at the battle of Machias June 12, 1775. 

Gen. James Cooper, from Boston : 

Born Dec. 13, 1765; married Elizabeth, sister of Hon. James Sav- 
age, June 23, 1791 ; first Sheriff of Washington County, 1890; nine 
children, all born Machias, 1792-1811 ; he moved to Cooper, 1822, 
where he died. 

James Cole : 

At the taking of the Margaretta, June 12, 1775. 

Doctor William Chaloner, from Newport, R. I. : 
Probably son of John and Martha (Church) Chaloner ; baptised 

Notes about Machias, 75 

July 17, i749 ' ^ e went to Machias 1773 ; his house stood where Gil- 
bert Longfellow's house is ; he married Mary Dillavvay. " This may 
certify to all whom it may concern, that Doctor William Chaloner and 
Miss Mary Dillavvay, both of this place, were married by me, on 31st 
of last May, James Lyon, Machias, Sept. 6, 1774." — Lincoln Court 
Records. He was a survey or when the northeastern boundary line was 
run under the treaty of 1783. He died 1S02 ; six children. 

Ephraim Chase, from Freetown, Mass. to East Machias : 

Married Lydia Hathaway prior to 1767; twelve children, ten of 
whom had families. 

Doctor Parker Clark, from Nova Scotia : 

Born in Newbury, Mass., West Machias, near the west end of the 

bridge ; married Judith Lunt ; I see three children. 


John Crocker, from Scarborough : 

Married first, ; married second, Jane, widow of Westbrook 

Berry, about 1768; five children. 

Timothy Crocker, brother of John : 

Married Hannah Meserve ; six children. 

Reuben Crocker, from Nova Scotia, 1763 : 

Settled at Buck's Harbor i766; died about 1772. His widow mar- 
ried William Kelly in 1773-4. 

William Curtis, 1763: 
Brick layer. 

John Day, Buck's Harbor, 1766: 

Sold out to Stephen Jones 1775* "Widow Hannah Day married 
Enoch Sanborn. John Day, Jr., in Machias. 

Arthur Dillavvay, at Buck's Harbor, 1769: 
Sold land to Wm. Albee 1782. 

James Dillaway, from Nova Scotia : 

Settled at Buck's Harbor. Revolutionary soldier at Machias 1 777* 

Joseph Dubisont : 

Petitioner and grantee 1769. 

James Dyer, from Scarborough : 

Petitioner and grantee 1799; sold land to Dr. Chaloner 1774. 
Moved to Calais. 

Henry Dillavvay : 

Revolutionary soldier, Machias 1777. 

John Dickinson, from Amherst, Mass : 

Born Feb. 25, 1782; Williams College 1S00; settled West Machias 
1S06; third lawyer in the county; Representative to Legislature 180,7- 
1S08-1819; member Constitutional Convention 1819-20; for many- 
years Judge of Probate; moved to Amherst, Mass., 1837; died there 
Dec. 3, I863. 


76 Notes about Alaehias. 

Daniel Elliot, 1769, from Scarborough : 

Married Martha O'Brien ; seven or eight children. 

Samuel Ellis, from Sandwich, Machias : 
Married Mary Nye ; five children. 

James Elliot, 1773 : 

Mortgaged part of mill to Ichabod Jones 1 773* 

Moses Elsemere : 

Married Lydia, of Ephram Andrews, prior to 1 7S5 ; twelve 

William Emerson : 

Married Anna Parker, 17S3 ; eight children. 

Jonas Farnsworth : 

Settled at Buck's Harbor; married Sarah, Delap and Peggy Lewis; 
five children on Machias Records 1 776-1 7S4. 

John Dearborn Folsom, East Machias : 

Married Hannah Gooch Feb. 15, 1797. He died Sept. 14, 1S51, 
aged S8 years, 8 months and 16 days. She died Sept. 8, 1S59, a g e< 4 
81 ; nine or more children. 

Wallace Fenlason : 

Settled at East Machias ; married Susannah, of Samue! Scott, prior 
to 1775 ; eleven children; seven or more had families. 

Ebenezer Fitz : 

Petitioner and grantee 1769 ; no more seen. 

James Flynn, prior to 1774: 

Sold Elisha May hew, trader, part of mill lot March 12, 1774. 

Daniel Fogg, from Scarborough to East Machias : 

Married Sarah, of Samuel Scott; he died before 1769, then the 
widow married Samuel Rich. 

Stephen Fogg, from Scarborourgh : 

Married Eleanor Libby ; settled at Buck's Harbor Creek prior to 
1772 ; probably removed to Plantation No. Two ; five children. 

Benjamin Foss, from Scarborough, 1765 : 

Married first Sarah Getchell Nov. 7, 1762, and second Hannah 
Miller prior to iSco; nineteen children, sixteen of whom had families. 

Benjamin Foster, Jr., from Scarborough, 1765 : 

Married first Abigail Milliken Nov. 26, 1747, and second Eiis Scott 
Jan. 29, 175°; Colonel of the Regiment 1776; one of the first Justices 
of the Peace ; he died ; twelve children, nine of whom had families ; 
he sold his homestead to his son Abijah Sept. 21, 1^8^. 

Wooden Foster, from Scarborough, brother of Benjamin : 

Married Frances Scott in Scarborough May 28, 17 ; settled in East 
Machias. He died Feb. 2, 1S10. aged So. She died Aug. 18, 1822, 
aged 85 ; nine children, eight of whom had families. 

Notes about Machias. 77 

Isaiah Foster, from Scarborough, 1763, brother of Benjamin: 

Married Lydia Fogg in Scarborough July iS, 1754; removed prior 
to Revolutionary War; sold out to Daniel Stone 1771 his homestead 
for £106, 13s., 8d. 

Ezekiel Foster, from Scarborough, 1765 : 

Baptised Oct. 2, 1737; married Mary Fogg in Scarborough; sold 
land to Rev. James Lyon 1469 and his interest in Chauncey's Island 
and Hog Island 1779. 

Ezekiel Foster, Jr., from Scarborough : 
Petitioner and grantee 1769. 

Ebenezer Gardner, from Nova Scotia, son of Thomas, of Salem, Mass. : 
Baptised Sept. 4. 1737; moved to Aukpaque, N. S., thence to 
Machias; married Damaris Merrill, of Haverhill, 1769. She was 
baptized Sept, 6, 1747 ; nine children ; many descendants. 

Benjamin Gooch, Senior: 

He sold Jonathan Pineo Aug. 5, 1777, a lot of thatch bed in a place 
called Woodruff's Cove, being the eightieth lot of about three acres 
which was the original right of Jonathan Carlton ; he lived at East 
Machias; he died prior to Aug. 31, 17S4. when the inventory of his 
estate was filed ; he had eight children, all of whom had families. 

Joseph Getchell, Scarborough, 176^: 

Married Mary Mitchell (?) July 17, I 75°5 Revolutionary soldier, 
Machias, 1777, Revolutionary pensioner; sold one-half of his home- 
stead to Joseph Getchell, Jr., Dec. 2S, 1780; two or more children. 

Arthur II. Gilmore : 

Married Pollv Knight, from Englishman's River; three children, 
born Machias, 1791 -1 795 ; removed 10 St. Stephen. 

Divid Gardiner, Jr.. from Nantucket: 

Settled at the outlet of Gardner's Lake; two sons, David, Jr., mar- 
ried 1771, and Elijah. 

Henry Griffith, Buck's Harbor, 1704: 
Petitioner and grantee, i/69. 

Ephraim Hadley : 

Married Susannah Coburn, 17S0; seven children. 

Aichelaus Hammond : 

Petitioner and grantee, 1769. 

Ralph Hancock, from Boston to Buck's Harbor, 1767: 

He oKBoston sold James Farnsworth 1782 lot of land adjoining 
Buck's Harbor and at Beal Island. 

Aaron Hanscorn, from Scarborough: 

Settled at East Machias ; married Sally Sevey in Scarborough Jan. 
5» 1 7^j\.; eleven children; about all had families. 

Josiah Harris, from Boston : 

Settled at East Machias, merchant; married Lucy Talbot Nov. 20, 

78 Notes about Machias. 

1796; he died June 17, 1845, aged 75 : she died Dec. 27, iS6i, aged 
87 ; descendants numerous and respectable ; notable family. 

Benjamin Harmon, prior to I'j'jS: 

Married Sarah, daughter of Japhet Hill, prior to 1779; fourteen 

Japhet Hill, 1763, from Scarborough: 

Married Hannah Knight in Scarborough Oct. 9, 1760; twelve 
children ; sold land at Potato Point to Stephen Jones July 15, 1774. 

Roswell Hitchcock, from Hawley, Mass : 

Born Feb. 19, 17S6; died, Machias, June 29, 1S66 ; married Betsey, 
daughter of Nathan Longfellow. Jan. 12, 1S12 ; she died Sept. 27, 
1S71. Their son. Roswell D. Hitchcock, born Aug. 15, 1S17, was 
President Union Theological Seminary, N. Y., and died 1S87. 

Daniel Hill, from Scarborough, brother of Japhet, 1763: 

Moved to Jonesport, then Calais; four sons, Daniel, Thomas, Joseph 
and William. 

Obediah Hill, from Scarborough : 

Married Sarah Harris prior to 1773 5 widow living in Machias 1S00; 
seven children. 

Samuel Hill, from Scarborough : 
Petitioner and grantee, 1769. 

Joseph Holmes, from Scarborough, 1765 : 

Married Silence Brown March 27, 1760; sold Stephen Jones part of 
saw mill, West Falls, June 24, 1772. 

Benjamin Holmes, from Scarborough : 
Petitioner and grantee 1769. 

Samuel Holmes, from Scarborough : 

Married Charity Bryant Dec. 22, 1797; ten children; all but one 
had families. 

John B. Hillard : 

Married Sarah, daughter of Geo. Stillman ; she was born July 2, 
1785; died Feb. 25, 1S10; married second Rebecca Stillman. Their 
son, Geo. Stillman Hillard, born Sept. 22, 1S00, lawyer in Boston. 

Ludwig Holway : 

Married widow Mary or Martha (O'Brien) Elliot; three children. 

Daniel Hoit : 

Five children prior to 1780. 

Edward Havves : 

Wife Elizabeth ; three children, 17S4 to 178S. 

Eleazer Hathaway : 

Stephen Jones, Jr., from Portland, 1739: 

He was the most conspicuous and eminent citizen of the town for 
nearlv fortv vears : settled in West Machias : his home was where the 
Post Office now is ; married ; first Judge of Probate of the County ; 

Notes about Machias. 79 

he moved to Boston after death of wife and died there 1822-26 (?) ; 
four children. 

Jabez Huntly : 

Settled near Gardner's Lake, East Machras ; wife Betty ; eight or 
more children, 17S5-1S02 andjabeb Huntly in Whiting, 1790. 

Jeremiah Jenks : 

Petitioner and grantee, 1769. 

William Kelly : 

Settled at Buck's Harbor 1766; Revolutionary soldier 1777; mar- 
ried widow of Reuben Crocker after 17S2. 

Samuel Kenney : 

Petitioner and grantee 1769. 

Thomas Knight : 

Sold Job Burnham land Oct. 4, 1 771 . 

1 Jonathan Knight, from Scarborough, 1775, or before : 

Removed to Calais ; three sons. 

John Kelly : 

Married first Phebe, daughter of Rev. James Lyon, 1 7 S 7 ; second 
Mrs. Olive Longfellow, widow of David ; rive or more children. 

Isaac Larrabee, from Scarboro, 1763 : 

First settler with wife and five children, Larrabee's Cove ; married 
Debora Larrabee Feb. 5, 1756; she died in Machias — perhaps Buck's 
Harbor — 1S25, aged 100 years, 10 months ; seven children I find. 

Timothy Libby, from Scarborough, 1763 : 

Married Sarah Stone Oct. 9, 1746; first settler; he died prior to 
1769, when his widow was a petitioner and grantee; seven or more 
children ; all had families. 

Deacon Joseph Libby, from Scarborough, 1765 : 
Married ; had no children. 

Joseph Libby, from Scarborough : 

Engaged in taking the Margaretta June 12, 1775, Revolutionary 
soldier 1777. 

David Libby, Scarborough, 1763 : 

Married Dorcas Mears Dec. 13, 1750; petitioner and grantee 1769; 
Revolutionary soldier 1777; sold land to Samuel Libby June 1, 176S. 

George Libby, Scarborough, 1763, brother of David and Timothy: 

Petitioner and grantee 1769; in 1774 sold land to the town where 
Town Meeting House was built; returned to Scarborough. 

Ebenezer Libby, Scarborough, 1 769 : 
Petitioner and grantee 1769. 

Ezekiel Libby, Scarborough, perhaps son of Samuel : 
Subscribed to Parson Lyon's salary 1778, £2. 

80 Notes about Machias. 

Isaiah Libby, Scarborough : 
Petitioner and grantee 1769. 

Samuel Libby, Scarborough : 

Petitioner and grantee ; sold one-sixth of saw mill to James May 14, 
1773; bought land of David Libby June 1, 176S; in 17S3 he, "of 
Carlton's stream," sold land to Stephen Smith and George Stillman. 

Reuben Libby, from Scarborough : 
Petitioner and grantee 1769. 

Josiah or Isaiah Libby, from Scarborough : 

Sold land to John White, of Salem, Nov. 7, 1766. adjoining land of 

Jonathan Carlton's; Revolutiomirv c^M>"^ »' — - - *"* 

David Libby, fi 
Sold land to 
1769 ; Revoluti< 

Widow Sarah L 

Petitioner and 
Thomas Libby, 

Petitioner and 

Jacob Libby, frc 
Petitioner and 
of township of 
Jones for £60 
built saw mill at 

Josiah Libby, fix 
May be same 
May, 17S4, said 1 
and also one-half 

Josiah Libby, froi 

Took up land a L uuct\ s narDor 1772. 

Nathan Libby, from Scarborough : 

Took up land at Buck's Harbor I772 ; married Patty, daughter of 
Isaac Larrabee ; eight children. 

Jonathan Longfellow, from Nova Scotia, 1765-6: 

Born Nottingham, N. H., May 23. 1714: son of Nathan; petitioner 
and grantee 1769 ; first Justice of the Peace at Machias, east of Penob- 
scot river, 1767; he died prior to 1 7S6 : married Mercy Clark ; I find 
seven children, of whom Nathan, David and Johnathan settled in 
Machias and had families. 

Nathan Longfellow, of William, 1767, from Newbury, Mass., or Nova 

Scotia, 1767 : 

Petitioner and grantee, 1769; married Tahpenes Huntley 1768 or 

'69 ; she was born in Lynn, Conn., 1749 ; died April 30, 1S41, aged 92 ; 

he died Jan. 8, 1S28, aged 81 ; six children, from 1770 to 1778, of 

John M.c Neil, sen of William 
Mc Neil, the sroo^ master of 
New Boston. Hillsborough Co., 
New Hampshire . 


Notes about Machias. 81 

whom three lived in Machias, Tahpenes, Jonathan and Anne, and had 

Rev. James Lyon, from Boston Dec. 5, 1771 : 

Continued minister there until his death Oct. 12, 1794, aged 59; 
married Martha Holden ; nine children, 1769-17S6. 

John Manchester, at Buck's Harbor 1776 to 17S0: 
Sold out to Manwaring Beal. 

Elisha Mayhew : 

An inn keeper, mariner and trader; owned part of mill at West 
Falls March 12, 1774; his widow, Priscilla, was at Buck's Harbor, a 
settler to be granted under Jones March 2, 17S8. Children. 

i. Pkiscilla. 111. William Sanborn. 

ii. Hannah, m. Theodore Lincoln, of Dennysville, 1799. 

iii. Thomas. 

iv. William. 

v. John. 

Solomon Meserve, from Scarborough : 

Petitioner and grantee ; married Arabel Jordan Dec. 19, 1769; seven 

Joseph Munson, son of Robert, Scarborough, 176^ : 

Petitioner and grantee, East Machias ; married Sarah Moore ; four 
children before 17S0; sold house to Ichabard Jones July 20, 1773. 

John Moore : 

Wife Lydia, both of Machias, guardians of children of John 
Wheland ; sold land to Bracy Underwood, of Kittery, Nov. 7, 1 77 1 - 

Daniel Meserve : 

Petitioner and grantee ; married Susan Smith or Small April 22, 
1760; eis:ht children. 

McXeal : 

Killed at the Battle of Machias June 12, 1775 ; left a wife and 

Morris O'Brien, from Scarborough : 

Settled West Machias, near end of bridge, now called Dublin ; he 
had previously lived in Kittery ; he was a soldier in 1745 at Louisburg, 
Nova Scotia ; petitioner and grantee 1769; he subscribed £2, 10s to 
the salary of Rev. James Lyon in 177S ; he and his family were 
Protestants ; he perhaps married Mary Hutchins in Kittery about 1739 ; 
he married second Mary Cain; she was born 1 7 19 ; died in Machias 
IS05 ; he died in I799 ; his sons, Jeremiah, Gideon, Dennis, of Machias, 
William, John M. and Joseph, of Newburyport, were notable men. 

James Miller : 

Married Phebe Fogg, of Plantation No. 2, 1 797 ; nine or more 
children, Machias Records. 

Stephen Parker : 

Petitioner and grantee, 1769: trader. Married Elizabeth Barker 

; five children. Sold land to Jona Pineo July 1, 1 7 7 1 ; sold 

land to Obediah Hill August 25, 1772. 

82 Notes about Machias. 

Benjamin Pettigrew : 

Settled at Buck's Harbor; took up land adjoining Larrabee's Cove 
several years before 17S4, Machias Port; married Eunice of Isaac 
Larrabee ; eight chilldren. 

Nathaniel Phinney, from Sandwich, Mass. : 

Married Thankful Tupper, Sandwich, 1764; seven or more 
Jonathan Pineo, son of Peter, of Lebanon, Conn. ; went to Nova 

Scotia — ; came to Machias prior to 1774 ; helped build 

meeting house 1774. Sold land to Stephen Smith July 23, 1772. 
Married first, Esther of Tim Libby. Senior prior to 1770; married, 
second, widow Mary Ann Doty ; fourteen or more children, all I 
believe have descendants. 

Jacob Palmer, 1 77S : 

Married Apphia of Enoch Sanborn before 1769; six children, 

Jacob Penniman : 

Married first, Polly Burnum, ( 1792J ; married second, Mary O'Brien, 
1804; eight children, of whom Miss Ursula, born Dec. 10, 1809; died 
March 3, 1S93. 

Col. William Pope from Dorchester, Mass. ; 

Machias, 1S07 ; resided there thirty-four years ; moved to Boscon ; 
died there November, 1S64, aged 77 yrs. 7 m. 7 dys. Executive 
Councillor. Married Margaret D. Billings of Boston. Children that 
I found: Andrew J., Samuel W., born March 7, 1815 ; Edward, 
George \V., James Otis. 

Luther W. Pope : 

Married Rebecca E., daughter of James Avery; six children. 

David Prescott : 

Subscribed for Parson Lyon's salary, 1778, i«£ 10s. 

Samuel Rich from Scarborough probably : 

Settled Machias. Married first, Sarah Scott Fogg, widow of 
Samuel; married second, Sarah Bracey. Ten children between 1778- 

Enoch Sanborn from North Hampton, Mass. : 

Petitioner 1769. Married first, Mary Morrill ; married second, Mrs. 
Sarah Sanborn ; married third, Phebe Sanborn ; married fourth, xVlrs. 
Hannah Day, nine or more children. 

John Sanborn : 

One John Sanborn, at Buck's Harbor, petitioner 1784, Machias Port; 
took up one-half of Foster Island 1775 ; may have been son of Enoch, 
or brother. 

Samuel Scott from Scarborough, 1763 : 

Petition and grantee, 1769; first settler at East Machias. Married 
Susan Perry ; 11 children ; all but one had families. 

Notes about Machias. 83 

Sylvanus Scott, 1763, from Scarborough : 

Petitioner and grantee ; brother of Samuel. Married Sarah Andrews, 
October 20, 1757 ; 11 or more children ; lived at the ''Rim." 

Gecrge Scott probably of Samuel, from Scarborough : 

Petitioner and grantee, 1769. Married Lois Wooden; several 

John Scott of Samuel, f. Dm Scarborough: 

Petitioner and grantee. Married Fanny Thompson ; several children. 

Joseph Sevey from Scarborough, 1765 : 

Petitioner and grantee, 1769; East Machias. Married Sarah Scott; 
nine or more children. 

George Sevev from Scarborough : 

Son of Joseph. Married Hannah of Ben Gooch, (1772) ; seven 
children, 1773-179 1 " 

1 nomas bevey : 

Married Mrs. Mary Flye, both living at Machias in Passamaquoddy 
Bay, Aug. iS, 1771, by Mr. Brattle. 

John Sinkler : 

Blacksmith, sold land to Stephen Smith, 1773. 

Nathaniel Sinclair: 

Deputy Sheriff, Sept. 11, 1 / 7 1 - 

General George Stillman, from Hartford, Conn., 1769: 

Born March 7, 1 75 1 . Settled Machias; first Register of deeds at 
Machias 1 784-5 ; first County Treasurer, 1790. Married Rebecca 
Crocker, before 17S2 ; her mother was sister of General David Cobb of 
GouJdsborough ; she born March 13, 1752, died Feb. 5, 1799. He 
died Nov. 5, 1S04, aged 53 ; six children. 

James Noble Shannon : 

Merchant (with his brother William) ; lived in Machias a few vears 
during the Revolutionary War ; subscribed £6 for Parson Lyon's 
salary 177S ; committee of correspondence 1781. He was in Horton, 
Nova Scotia, 1788, 

Samuel Shaw : 

Subscribed i£ is for Mr. Lyon's salary, 1770. 

Abial Sprague from Scarborough : 

Petitioner and grantee, 1769. Moved to Calais. 

Abial Sprague from Scarborough : 

Petitioner and grantee, 1769- Married Martha Bryant, October 2, 
1766 ; moved to Calais. 

Stephen Smith : 

Son of Samuel of Sandwich ; born May 30, 1739 ; settled in Machias, 
1766; married Deborah Ellis. He died September 29, 1806, aged 
67 yrs. 4 mos ; she died March 5, 1825, aged 85 yrs. 2 mos. ; nine or 
more children, 1763-1781. 

84 JSotes about Machias. 

Samuel Stewart : 

Petitioner and grantee 1769. 

Soloman Stone, Scarborough : 

First settler ; cordwainer ; married Mary Harmon, in Scarbor- 
ough Dec. 23, 1762. 

John Stone 1763 : 

Brother of Soloman, petitioner and grantee 1769. 

Benjamin Stone : 

Petitioner and grantee 1769. 

Joseph Stewart : 

Married Joan, of Job Burnham, prior to 1795 ; ten or more children. 

Jonathan Stickney : 

Born in Tewksbury, Mass., Oct. 13, 1768; married Wealthy of 
Ephraim Chase Jan. 1, 1793, in Machias; she born Machias June 1, 
1777, died June 1, 1S57 (?) ; he died July 21, 1S32. Twelve children 
all had families but one. 

Peter Talbot from Stoughton, Mass. : 

Born November 15, 1745 ; arrived at E. Machias, June 12, 1771 ; 
Representative, 1812-1S13, Married Lucy J- Hammond of Brookline, 
Mass., June 4, 1 77 1 . He died April 28, 1836; Mrs. Talbot died June 
10, 183 1, aged 80. They were the founders of one of the most notable 
families in Eastern Maine. Seven children, 1772-1792. 

Isaac Taft : 

Wounded in the battle of June 12, 1775. 

Marshall Thaxter from Hingham, Mass. : 

Born March 4, 14, 1760; Tanner, East Machias. He married first, 
Lucy Drew ; married second, Susannah widow of Aaron Sevev and 
daughter of Ebenezer Gardner. He died February 2$, 1835 : she 
died April 9, 1S43, aged 72. Thirteen children, one of whom was the 
mother of Arlo Bates. 

Matthew Tobey from Sandwich, 177S : 

Settled at Machiasport. He married Hannah Nye ; five or more 

Silas Turner : 

Settled at East Machias ; married Jane Smith and had six 

children. He died May 13, 1S43, aged 86. 

William Tupper : 

First Town Clerk ; helped build first meeting house 1774. 


Thaddeus Trafton of Machias : 

Sold two lots of land Oct. 24, second year of the reign of the 
United States to Jonathan Pineo. 

John Underwood from Kittery, 1765 : 

Petitioner and grantee, 1769; first regular merchant in Machias. 

Deed John Waite Jr., to Daniel Epes, 1768. 85 

Enoch Waterhouse : 

Married Abigail West, (i?7i) ; eleven children. 
Jabez West : 

Married Tupper before 1770; five or more children. 

John Wheland : 

Petitioner and grantee, 1769; died prior to 1771, when John and 
Lydia Moore were guardians to his children. 
John Walker : 

Wife Eunice ; two children ; born in Machias, 1 793- 1 795. 
Jonathan Woodruff: 

Revolutionary soldier at Machias, 1777- Married Widow 

Ackley. He sold Stephen Smith of Sandwich, 1-16 of mill at West 
river, May, 2S, 1772 ; several children. . 
Stephen Young : 

Revolutionary soldier Machias, 1 777* Sold 3-16 of mill at Middle 
river, April 16, 1 77 1 , to John Berry, and sold land to James Brown, 
Sept. 11, 1 77 1, and to the Shannons, October 13, 1777. 
John Young : 

Sold land to William and James Noble Shannon of Machias. 
Trader ; land on northeast side of Quaker's or Gardner's Lake, Feb. 
15, 1777; also sold land to Benjamin Foster, Jr. Lived northwest of 
Bonny's Island at Quaker's Eddv on east side of East river, Dec. 8, 

* 777 * " 


John Waite Jr., of Falmouth in the County of Cumberland, 
merchant; to David Epes of 'Windham in said county, Esq., for 
£500 "one full right or proprietors share of land in the Township 
Number four lately granted by the Great and General Court of the 
Province aforesaid unto Moses Twitchell and his associates and 
laid out to the Eastward of Union River so called being the same 
right or s>hare of land there which I purchased of John Frost as 
by his deed dated April 11th, 1768, may appear together with 
the dwellinghouse, storehou.-e, barn, blacksmithshop, wharf &c. 
thereon ^tandins: with all the cleared land adjoining said dwelling 
house and one moiety or half part of a double saw mill in part- 
nership with Stephen Waite and others about a quarter of a mile 
Irom said dwelling bouse with one moiety or half part of the 
stream, Brow and of all privileges and utensils to the said saw- 
mill belonging and appertaining." Dec. 15, 1768. 

Lincoln Records, Volume 7, page 24. 

86 Bangor Families. 



David J. Bent came to Bangor in 1809 ; a baker by trade ; 

W. M. Rising Virtue Lodge F. & A. M., 1823-24. Married 

Rebecca Hubbard, Concord; published Aug. 31, 1810; admitted 

First Church, August 24, 1815; discharged May 21, 1827. He 

was Representative 1826-1827; First Church, Aug. 27; moved 

to Philadelphia 1827 ; dismissed April 20, 1827. Children : 

i. Mary Rebecca, b. July 31, 1811. 

ii. William Henry, b. Dee. 15. 181:2, 

iii. EMELINE, b. Feb. 28, 1815. 

iv. Harriet (or Hannah), b. Aug. 1. 1S17. 

v. Edward Jackson, b. Oct. 17, 1S19. 

vi Cyrus Hubbard, b. June 21. 

vii. Lucy Hubbard, b. Dec, 1S23, d Apr. 10, 1824. 


Nathaniel Boynton married Lucy Clark : published in Bangor, 

March 23, 1806 ; probably married second Betsey . He died 

Sept. 23, 18G8, aged So. 
Children : 

i. Nathaniel, b. Oct. 25, 1807. lie changed his name to Gorham L. 
As Nathaniel he married Amelia Perkins; published April 10, 
1831. As Gorham L.. he married Louisa M. Basford of Luxmont; 
publshed Mar. 21, IS.;.",, lie was a distinguished eitizen and mer- 
chant of Bangor. Early in life he joined the Methodist Episcopal 
Church. He afterward had Unitarian tendencies. He died Jan. 
12, 18SS. 

ii. Eliza, b. April 5, 1S0O. 

iii. George C, b. May 17. 1811; married Eliza Jones; published Oct. 21, 
1S32. He died Aug. 22. 1865. She died probably May 1, 1SS7, 

iv. Rebecca T., b. July 1"), 1813; married i'hineas Yeaton Jr. of 
published Jan. 3. 1835. 

v. Johx H., b. Aug. 11, 1815; married Hannah H. Hoyt of Vassalboro; 
published Aug. 20, 1838. 

vi. Robert, b. July 24, 1S17; married Mary A. Clark; published Oct. 30, 

vii. Hannah YY\, b. Oct. 19, 1819* 

viii. Thomas, of this family 1 thiuk married Mary B. Rogers. Nov. 

17, 1812. 

Jacob Chick, inn keeper, Maine Coffee House prior to 1828 ; 
west side of Water Street ; first landlord of Penobscot Exchange 
Coffee House, July 21, 1828. He died April 14, 1838, age 56; 

Bangor Families. 87 

married Sarah Clark; she died October 19 (20), 1846, aged 60 

years 2 months. Children : 

i. Thomas, b. Aug. 17, 1806; d. Nov. 27, 1817. 

ii. Albert, b. Oct. 17, 1807; d. Aug. 4, 1835. 

ili . Thomas E.. b. May 1, 1S09; m. Hannah 31. Colburn of Belfast, 1831. 

iv. James, b. Nov. 20, 1810. 

v. Sarah, b. Nov. 22. 1812. 

vi. Caroline Peabody, b. Jan. 31, 1S15; m. Parker P. Burleigh of 

Linneus. 1340: she d. Apr. 6. 1S61 ; parents of Governor Edwin 

Chick Burleigh. 
vii. George II., b. Apr. 15, 1817. 
viii.SEWALL, b. Aug. 12, 1819. 

Zadock Davis, tanner, he and wife admitted First Church, 

October 26, 1815, removed Hammond street November 28, 1833 ; 

he died November 24, 1846, age 66 years ; wife Betsey, died 

March 16, 1846. Children: 

i- Jason, b. Mar. 27. 1S07; d. Sept. 1G. 1829. 
ii. Louisa, b. Dec. 31, 1S0S; d. Oct. 9, 1837. 

iii. Maria, b. Oct. 29, 1810; 

iv. Sally D., b. June 4. 1812; First Church, Sept. 7, 1S3S ; m. Seman 

Foster (?) ; d. Aug. 27. 1842. 
v. John Porter, b. Mar. 26. 1814; d. May 4. 1S74, aged GO. 

vi. Franklin, b. Jan. 24. 1810; d. 1847. 

vii. Charles, b. Oct. 22. 1817; Lawyer, now of Bangor, 
viii. Almeda. b. Aug. 20. 1S20; d. — - — 1842. 
ix. Fred A., b. Oct. 15, 1823; d. Jan. 31, 1824. 

Alexander Savage, was born in York, January 5, 1780. 
First in Boston, then to Bangor, 1805, Merchant, Town Clerk 
1806, and Clerk of First Parish for many years. Eegister of 
Probate 1828 and some years after. He married Priscilla Shaw 
Thomas from Plymouth, Mass., October 20, 1808 by Jacob 
McGaw, Esquire. She was admitted to First Church, July 25 
1815, having been baptized at Plymouth by Dr. Robbins in her 
infaucy ; he August 7, 1831; they removed to Hammond Street 
Church in November, 1833 ; dismissed to First Presbyterian 
Church, Chicago, January 10, 1855. He died there July 21, 
1857, aged 77. She died there September 22, 1873, aged 85. 
Children all born in Baniror : 


i. Charles Thomas, b. Aug. 12, 1S09; d. May 4, 1814. 

ii. Mary Greenocgh, b. Jan. 9,1811, She"m. Cyril C. Cady, 1844; 
removed to Palmyra. Missouri. 

iii. William Thomas, b. Nov. 14, 1812; graduated Bowdoin College 1833; 
Bangor Theological .Seminary, 1834; teacher at Lane Seminary, 
Ohio, 1837; minister Dennysville, 1835; Pembroke, Me.. 1S38; 
Amherts, X. II., 1841; llouiton, 1844; where he was founder of 
the Academy, and of Fatten Academy; Franklin. N. H., 184'J; 
removed to Quincy, 111. Had degree of D.D. from Dartmouth Col- 

88 Bangor Families, 

lege, 1SG3 ; m. Marv L, Lawrence of Alfred, Me., 1851. She d. 1872. 
He d. Oct. 10, 1S8S, aged 76. 

iv. Charles Alexander, b. Oct. 20. 1814; graduated Bowdoin College 
1837, in same class with Rev. George \V~. Field. D.D.; lawyer and 
banker; settled in Quincy, Illinois, 1841. He d. Feb. 2, 1SS4. 

v. Laura A., b. Jan. 15, 1S16 ; d. June 30, 1S17. 

vi. Laura Ann, b. June 15, 1818; m. Rev. Rollin Means of Quincy. Illi- 
nois. She was dismissed from Hammond Street Church 1819. 

vii. Caroline Cobb. b. Aug. 7. 1S20; m. Eugene Wallace Godfrey; lived 
in Fall River. Mass., 1844, then Bangor 18-15, then Quincy, 111., 1S50. 
He was killed in the battle of Shiloh. 

viii.PRisciLLA Shaw, b. Nov. 20, 1821; d. March 6, 1S25. 

ix. Catherine Hoffman, b. Sept. 1G, 1826; m. Samuel B. Turner; 
removed to Quincy. 111. 

x. Benjamin Shurtleff, b. June 8, 1S25. 

George Savage from New Hampshire, no relation to 
Alexander Savage that I see. He came here prior to 1813. He 
was published in Bangor, September 15, 1813, as of "Ohio 
Plantation," to Alary Holt. She was born February 1G, 1794; 
said to have died April 15, 18GG, aged 72 years 3 months. 
Children : 

i. Mary Jackson, b. Greenfield, N. II., Dec. 25. 1S14. She m. her 

cousin, Geo. YV. Savage; pub. in Bangor, May 10, 1841 ; resided in 

Bangor. She d. Sept. 28, 1S91, aged 76 years. 9 months. 3 days. 
ii. George, b. Nov. 23. 1816; m. Mary A. Dame; pub. in Bangor Dee. 0, 

1S45. He was a noted wharf builder. He d. May 10, 1S92. aged 78. 

Four or more children. 
iii. John, b. April 26, 1S18; m. Sarah Hodgkins; pub. Nov. 7,1846. 
vi. William, b. Oct. 4. 1819; lived in Brewer; m. first Mary Sophia, dau. 

of Jonathan Burr. She b. June 2G. 1829. She d. May 2, 1840. aged 

43. He m. second Lucy M., dau. of Joseph B. Burr. She was b. 

June 25. 18:30; d. June 8. 1863. He d. JSTov. 31, 1871, aged 80. One 

son by first wife. 
v. Lucy, b. Jan. 30. 1S21 ; m. Joshua L. Knowles of Bangor. 
vi. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 11, 1822: m. Geo. VV. Snow of Bangor. Children, 

Albert. George F., Charles L..and Mary Sophia, now Superintendent 

of Schools in Bangor. 
vii. Jackson L., b. Oct. 30. 1823: m. Phebe A, Jordan: pub. Oct. 1, 1849. 

He d. March 9. 1873. Children. 
viii. Louisa J.. March 29. 1825; d. Oct. 10. 1826. 
ix. Francis Sidney, b. Feb. 7. 1833. 
x. Charles W., b. March 14. 1831; d. in California, 
xi. Isabella b. ; m. Martin S. Persons; pub. Sept. 4, 184G: reside 

in Connecticut, 
xii. Ellen J., m. Thomas J. Whittier; reside in California, 
xiii. Henry, d. during the Civil War, under 21 years of age. 


John Savasre to Pe<i£y Cambell, Jan. 31, 1808. 
William Savage published to Rebecca P. Lawrence, Aug. 28, 

William Savage to Ann M. Bachelder, Oct. 7, 1844. 

James Thomas, merchant, First Representative from Bangor, 

Early Indian Tribes in Maine and Nova Scotia. 89 

1606 and 1808 ; very honorable man. Commanded first troop in 
town; recruited a Company of Cavalry for the waif of 1812 
which he commanded ; assistant Adjutant General, Regular Army 
with rank of Colonel ; afterwards merchant in New York. 



Historical writers have differed as to the name of the first 
Indian tribe in Maine and Nova Scotia, I think it was pretty well 
settled that the name was Abenaquis ("our ancestors of the East") 
or Abenaki. This tribe never acknowledged any Indian ancestry. 
The other tribes who have occupied the country were their descen- 
dants and were tribes of other names. The tribe of the Algon- 
quins, for whom a hotel was named in Saint Andrews, New Brun- 
swick, and a club in Boston were their descendants, and were 
4 'a small, miserable and wanderiug tribe,''* have been claimed 
to be the original tribe but this is an error. So that we may now 

claim the eastern part of Maine as the country of the Abenaquis, 
or Abenaki. 

As to Indian names east of Penobscot they are very few. 
Eirsmoi'Sfan Reach is between Deer Isle and Sedgwick. Naske°: 
Point is now in Brooklin, I have a suspicion that Blue Hill Bay 
and Union River were anciently Naskeg Bay and River. In the 
Admiralty Charts of 1747, Union River is laid dowm as "R-cfes 
monts desarts" Mount Desert river, that beins; the name under 
which it was changed to Union river. The next river east of 
Mount Desert is laid down in the chart as "R Donaquet"; 
this was either Jordans river or Hog Bay, I am in doubt which. 

To the east of Gouldsborough, I find the Narraguagus river 
and Bay. The first deeds ever given of land in that vicinity, 
named it as the "Arroguagus.'" Next was the Moosepecky 
Reach or the Mispecky Reach. 

* See the article in Maine Historical Society collections, Volume vi. pa<^e 201, on the 
Abenaki Indians by Father Vetromile S. J., who spent ten years at Old Town. 

90 Jedediah Preble, Jr. 



He was the son of General Jedediah Preble of Portland ; born 
in York in 1734. The father was of the most distinguished men 
of this time in the state. Commodore Edward Preble was a half 
brother to Jedediah Jr., who was appointed Truck Master or Indian 
Agent at Penobscot Falls now Bangor about 1770. Solomon and 
Silas Hathorn built him a house in 1772 which was the first 
framed house in Bano-or. It stood on the bank of the river a fe^v 
rods below the mouth of the Penjejawock stream which is above 
the water works dam. The place was the first business place in 
Bangor, and practicably the first settlement. Preble sold the 
house to Major Robert Treat, and I think it was occupied by 
Capt. Daniel Jameson from Topsham who kept the first inn in 
Bangor. Major Treat sold it to William Forbes in 1799, who 
kept in it the first post oihce, 1804. Mr. Forbes moved the 
house across the road and added another story. It has long been 
known as the "Forbes Place.*' 

Preble was not popular with the Indians and was removed from 

his office about 1775* and Jonathan Lowder was appointed in his 

place. Mr. Preble removed to the town of Penobscot. He was 

said to have been a sympathizer with the British ; his family have 

denied that statement however. Sometime in 1783-3 he sailed 

from Penobscot for Passamaquoddy and was shipwrecked on 

Seal Island. His death was caused by exposure incdent thereto. 

He married Avis Phillips from Boston 1762. (?) I find the 

widow Avis Preble at Penobscot from 1780. Children born at 

Penobscot were : 

i. NANCY, b. April 24, 1763; m. Francis Adams at Ppnobscot 1786. He 

died 1503; she died at Portland, 1847. Eight children, four boys and 

four boys. 
ii. Jedediah. b. July 29. 176o; died in Stark. 1847. 
Hi. John' PHILLIPS, b. April. 1768. Ele was drowned in sight of his 

father's house July 21, 1777. aged 9 yrs. 3 mos. 
iv. Samuel, b. Mar. 23, 1770. 

v. David. 

vi. Avis Benney, pa. John Carr of Portland. 

* Mass. Archives, vol. 144, page 336. 

Petition for Road from Buekstoivn to Fort Western. 91 





The petition is in the files of the Court of General Sessions of 
the Peace for Lincoln County. The records of the Court do not 
contain any reference to it so far as I can find in a careful search, 
and it docs not appear that a committee was appointed. The 
petition was evidently drawn up and signed at Pownalborough 
during the September term of court in 1785. The petitioners 
were probably attending court as they were representative citizens 
of widely separate sections of the county. It is likely that the 
names endorsed on the back were suggested for a committee by 
the petitioners as the names were written by the same hand as the 
body ot the petition. 

The records show that about ten years later a road was laid out 
to connect a new road that has recently been opened from the 
Penobscot by General Knox with Fort Western. 

*This petition represented as much influence as could have been 
had in the County of Lincoln at that date. 

1 'To the honorable the Justice^ of the Court of General 
Sessions of the Peace now holden at Pownai borough in the 
County of Lincoln, *Septernber 27, 1785. 

Whereas, it is highly necessary that a road or highway should 
be laid out from Colonel Bucks on Penobscot River to Fort 
Western on Kennebec River, the distance being about forty miles 
which will very much accomodate the public as the travelling 
begins to increase very much from the eastward, and it is proposed 
that the laying out and clearing said road be done by a 
subscription. Your petition humbly pray your honors would 
appoint a committee to lay out said road as soon as may and 
your petitioners as in duty bounds etc. 

Sani'l. McCobb, Win. Lithgrow, Jun., 

Dan'l. Davis, Benj. Palmer, 

Rold. Cushing, Win. Tupper, 

* Lincoln County then embraced all of the State east of the Kennebec Kiver. 

92 Letter of Capt. and Maj. Rlddall to 3Iaj.-G-en. Gosseline. 

Thomas Thompson, Amos Goudy, 

Wm. Solomon Loud, Richard Jones, 

Ephraim Carter, Abiel Wood, 

Joseph Bayley, George Stillman, 

John Lee, Silas Lee. 


Ezek'l Patlee, Esq., Capt. Abr. Page, 

Ebenezer Farwell, Esq., Capt. Dennis Getehell, 

Mr. Nehemiah Getehell, Capt. John Brewer, 

Mr. Jonas Ginn, ^ la j- Jona Buck, Jun. 

Capt Joseph Perkins. 


Castine, 29th March, 1835. 
Sir : — In reply to the message I had the honor of receiving 
from you this morning, I heir leave to state, that being second in 
command of the Troops, and with Lieut. Colonel John all the way 

up the Penobscot, I have every reason to think, I was made fully 
acquainted with all the information he professed respecting the 
Adams and the measures taken for her defence aud the protection 
of the town, and I can decidedly say, we had no communication 
whatever with Brigadier General Blake till after the affair was 
over and we 2;ot as far as Bam/or, where he and some other offi- 
cers were located. 

1 have also to remark, that I directed our Advance at the 
attack of the Position near Hampden, and after the line was 
broken I saw an officer keep his ground for some time after, who 
I afterwards ascertained was General Blake, and in justice to the 
character of a brave man I have no hesitation in declaring that he 
appeared rather to court than shun danger. I have the honor to 
be sir, your most obedient servant, 


Capt. 62nd Reg't, Major. 

* Gen. Go.sseline was Commander of the British Army at Ca.stine in 1315. 

Old Deeds in Surry Maine, from Lincoln County Records. 93 



Moses Hazen of Saint Johns in the District of Montreal and 
Province of Quebec, Esquire, to William Hazen of Newbury 
Port in the County of Essex and Province of the Massachusetts 
Bay, merchant, £100 "all of my Right, Title or Shears in that 
"Tract of land granted by the Great and General Court of the 
"Province of the Massachusetts Bay to David Marsh and Three 
"hundred and fifty-nine others which Tract is divided in Six 
"Townships, numbered One, Two, Three, Four. Five and Six." 

April 6, 1770, Vol. 10 page 179. 

James Cook 'of Haverhill, currier to William Hazen of 
Newbury Port, merchant, both in County of Essex, "One whole 
"Right or Proprietor's Share in the Township No. Six granted 
"bv the Great and General Court * * to David Marsh and 

"others lying in the Territory of Sagadahock on the East side of 
Penobscot River," For £3. March 1st, 1771. 

Same date, Benjamin Moores of Haverhill, tanner, to same 
grantee one right in No. Six, £3. 

Same date, Nathaniel Rolf of Haverhill, gentleman, to same 
grantee, one right in No. Six, £2 14s. 

Vol. 9, pages, 176-180-181. 

James Duncan of Haverhill, merchant, owner by deed of pur- 
chase of William Lunibson of Haverhill, tailor, of one ri^ht in 
No. Six, which right said Lambson brought of William Fairfield 

7 c o 

original grantee, to William Hazzen and Leonard Jarvis of New- 

bury Port, merchants, consideration £6, 25th September 1766. 

All the above conveyed by Hazen and Jarvis to Mathew Patten 

of No. Six, commonly called Newbury township, for £1350, 16th 

September, 1772. 

Vol. 10, page 259. 

Edward Sinder, of Patten's Borough, so called, in No. Six, 
the County of Lincoln, of the Massachusetts Bay, yeoman, to 
Mo>>es Aunis, of said Patten's Borough, £40. "Land situated in 
said Patten's Borough Bay being one hundred acres, viz : Begin- 


94 Samuel Freeman, of Portland. 

ning at a maple tree by the shoreside adjoining a lot of land 
belomnnn to Nicolaus Wamouth. running seventv-five rods more 
or less a West eourse to a red oak tree, then each side line run- 
ning back a North course to complete the aforesaid hundred acres 
* being the same lot of land I now live upon." 

May 9, 1774, vol. 10, page. 215. 


Was born in Falmouth, now Portland, June 15, 1743. He 
was a man of great influence and position. He was Secretary 
of the Provincial Congress at Watertown, Massachusetts from 
1775, and a member in 1780 ; Judge of Probate seventeen 
years ; Register of Probate thirty-six years ; Justice of the 
Peace 1675 to 1820; Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas and 
Sessions forty-six years, 1775 to 1820; Clerk of the Supreme 
Judicial Court, 1795 to 1820; Deputy Postmaster, 1775 to 1804; 
one of the Selectmen twentv-five years, most of the time 
Chairman ; twice elector of President and Vice President ; Presi- 
dent of the Board of Overseers of Bowdoin College, 1816 to 1819 ; 
President of the Maine Bank ; one of the pioneers in the temper- 
ance cause, and connected officially in the many benevolent 
societies ; Presiding Officer at public meetings ; member for sixty 
years, and most of the time Deacon of the First Church. 

He was for many years from 1764, the most earnest and influ- 
ential friend Eastern Maiue had, doing everything in his power to 
promote its settlement. Prior to to the Revolutionary War, he 
made frequent visits to the east where he was a large proprietor 
of lands. His valuable papers now in the possession of his 
grandson the Honorable William Freeman of Cherryfield, are a 
mine of historic lore relating to this part of the State. Deacon 
Eloathun Duren of Bangor, the notable Secretary of the Maine 
General Congregational Conference for nearly fifty years is also a 

Mr. Samuel Freeman died in Portland where he had always 
lived, June 18, 1831. 

John Clifford, of Stockton — John Bucknam of Columbia Falls. 95 


was one of the earliest settlers in that part of Prospect, New 
Stockton. He was in his time the wealthiest man in town ; a 
good man and just. In 1824 he built a schooner of 127 tons and 
named her The Seven Sisters, for his seven daughters. His 

children were : 

i. Betsey, married Hugh Ross of Searsport. March 17, 1S03; parents of 

Hugh Ross of Bangor. 
ii. Sarah, married Shepard Blanchard of Searsport. 
iii. Abigail. January, 179". married Nafch Stovers of Stockton. 
iv. Susan, married John Gilmore of Searsport and Deacon Baker, 
v. Catherine, married David Nickels of Searsport; parents of the late 

Capt. Jonathan C. Nickels, who died Nov.. 1SS9. 
vi. Mary, married Jams Blanchard of Searsport. 
vii. Francis B. born Januarv 28. 1S12; married Zethan B. Shute of 

of Stockton. She died Oct. 30, 1SS9. 
viii. Jonathan, went West; married. 


Was the son of William Jr., and Ann (Pote) Bueknam of 
Falmouth, now Portland, born there July 2, 1746. He was at 
Pleasant River April 27, 1778, with eight in his family and set- 
tled at what is now Columbia Falls village, where he built the 
house occupied by Walter Bucknam in 1888. He married Mary 
daughter of Joseph Wilson, Jan. 1773. He died April 22, 1792, 
aged 45. His widow died Aug. 15, 1804, aged 52 (gravestones.) 
Children were : 

i. William, married Abigail Drisko. he died Jan. 1. 1S29. aged 55. She 
died April 15. 1837. aged 91 (gravestones.) Children: Leonice C, 
unman ied. John, married barah Little, five children. Anna JB., 
married Lewis S. Sanborn, four children. Joseph W.. unmarried, 
died Julv 17, 1S50. aged 47. Mary Ann married John Lee. Thomas 
F., married Francis Drisko. William married Lucretia B. Tucker. 
Caroline S.. married Fred A. Ruggles, aud Sopha R., married Chris- 
topher P. Skelcon. 

ii. Anna, m. William Wass. 

iii. John, unmarried; died at age of 30. 

iv. Jeremiah, lived in Addison; m. Nancy Yates. 

v. Ichabol), m. Elizabeth, dau. of Gowen Wilson. Lie died Aug. 20, 
1848. aged 02. Widow died Feb. 19. 1S71 ; born Jan. 3, 1794. 
Children: Eliza. George A. Arthur W. James L., John Joy, Ichabod, 
Lewis VV., Mary, Elizabeth. 

vi. Mary, died unmarried; aged 20. 

vii. SAMUEL, m. Mr*. Almira Foster. Children: Delia, Sarah, Emily, 
Almira; Robert P.. m. Jane Johnston. lie was Prlncipalof EastMaine 
Conference Seminary at Bucksport; Mary, Samuel. Henry Clay, and 
Charles E. 

viii. Robert P., m. Sarah Foster of Cooper; three children, who died 
unmarried and young. 

ix. Nathan, m. Esther " Carlton. Children: Cordelia C, Gilbert L. 
Benjamin F., Emma L. and Julia M. 

96 Intentions of Marriages from the First Records of Monson. 



William Booker of Monson* and Elizabeth Crafts of Hebron, Nov. 
20, 1823. 

Intentions of marriages between Amos Chase and Dollv Chase both 
of No. 3, in the third range on the Million Acres, east side of the Ken- 
nebec river in the County of Somerset, have been posted up by me 
fourteen days as the law requires. 

Attest : 

Samuel Whitney, 

Town Clerk. 
Dated July 31, 1814. 

September 7, 1824, Nathan Barker and Nancy Polard both of the 
Million Acres. 

August 1, 1825, Rev. Lot Rider of Monson and Sarah Rhodes- Edes 
of Bansfor. 

November 2, 1825, Nathaniel Ames of Dover and Almira Thomas. 

October 20, 1825, Ezekiel Chase of No. 3, Million Acres and Jerusha 
Stephens of Green. 

November 6, 1825, William Connor and Mary M. Dunham of 

November 25, 1825, Chauncy S. Colton and Emily H. M. Clanathau 
of Sangerville. 

November 30, 1825, Robert Gower, Esq.,* of No. 7, Range 7, and 
Rosamond C. Greenwood of Monson. 

March 17, 1826, Joseph Dean of Township No. 3, Million Acres, and 
Keziah Parker. 

November 6, 1825, William Connor and MaryM. Dunham of Hebron. 

Novemher, 25, 1825, Chauncey S. Colton and Emily H. M. 
Clanathan or" Sangerville. 

November 30, 1825, Robert Gower, Esq.,f of No. 7, Range 7, and 
Rosemond C. Greenwood of Munson. 

March 17, 1826, Joseph Dean of Township No. 3, Million Acres, 
Reziah Parker. 

March 17, 1826, Abel Jones and Eurydice Greenwood. 

March 17, 1826, Oakman Doughty of Sangerville and Mary Cotton. 

April 4, 1826. Stilman Farnham and Louisa Polard both of No. 3, 
Million Acres. 

• The parties herein named are supposed to belong to Monson unless otherwise 

t He moved to Iowa and wa3 member of the Constitutional Convention, and Trustee 
of the State University. 

Intentions of Marriage from First Records of Monson. 97 

August 10, 1826, David Lamb and Bloomy Smith both of Third 
Range, Million Acres. 

December 20, 1826, William H. Smith of Saco Academy Grant and 
Rebecca Parkman of Parkman. 

December 29, 1826, Robert Clark of No. 3, 3rd Range, Million 
and Sylvia I. Wintworth of Hope. 

December 10, 1826, John Crofts and Mercv Whitney. 

February 5, 1827, Samuel Thomas, Jr. and Mariah Chase of No. 3, 
Range 3, Million Acres. 

August 19, 1827, Freeman Bray and Martilia Briggs. 

December 17, 1827. Benjamin Ward and Almira Savage of Augusta. 

March 17, 1827, Hatevel Hall and Eleanor Duning both of No. 9, in 
the 9th Range called Fullerstown. 

April 3, 1S28, Horatio Barrett and Abigail Hussey of Ruekfield. 

August 10, 1828, Jeremiah Wilteam of No. 9, called Fullerstown and 
Besy Jackson. 

August 25, 1828, Reuben T. Witham and Silvia Oilman of Palmyra. 

August 25, 1828, George M. Dunham and Joanna True of Guilford. 

September 16, 1828. Reverend Anson Hubbard and Charlotte Adams 
of Rumford. 

September 25, 1828, Hiram Monsell and Lydia Denning both of No. 
9, Range 9, called Fullerstown. 

September 26, 1828, Jonas Spearing and Roxana Varney both of No. 
3, Range 3, Milliou acres. 

October 26, 1828, Elijah Mathews and Ann Bennett of Augusta. 
February 2, Isaac W. Colton and Abigail Douty of Sangervilie. 

March 2, 1829, Oliver Young and Deborah Walden both of our incor- 
porated place known by tiie name of Haskeltown. 

June 15, 1829, James Stinchfield and Alice Bray. 

July 27, 1829. William H. Coffin and Betsey Currier of Cornville. 

August 10. 1829, Joshua Goodwin aud Mary Ann Jackson both of 
No. 3, Range 3, Million Acres. 

October 10, 1829, Joseph W. Wisweli and Martha True of Prospect. 

April 23, 1830, Ebenezer Dean, Jr. and Dorcas Green of the Million 
Acre Settlement. 

January 10, 1831, Thomas S. Pullen and Lovinia Chandler of 

January 10, 1831, Hiram Folsom and Caroline Chandler of Winthrop. 

March 7, 1831, Benjamin R. Lake of Monson and Sarah C. Robin- 
son of Orrington. 

March 15, 1831. William D. Hoar and Betsey Goodell. 

April 4, 1831, xVretus Chapin and Mary W. Whiting. 

January 25, 1832. Dr. James Leighton and Ann Hall of Bioomfield. 
. January 25, 1832, Abner Stebbims and Sarah Fuller of Livermore. 

March 25, 1832, Bowman Varney of Blanchard and Sylvinia Lownes. 

98 Ancient Trenton. 


This towDship was number one east of Union River, and was 
granted to Captain Ebenezer Thorndike and others of Cape 
Elizabeth and adjoining places February 23, 1762, subject to the 
pleasure of the King. A survey was made in 1762-3 and was 
described as follows :* 

* 'Beginning at a spruce tree on Union River about eight miles 
up on the east side thereof, and thence extending due east by 
by compass six miles ; thence south to the sea about five miles ; 
thence westerly to said river to the spruce aforesaid." 

The north line of the town was just below Card's Brook ; 
running east it was the north line of Sullivan, and the south line 
of the Bingham townships number eight and nine inclusive. The 
township was called Thorndike Plantation, Thorndike Town and 
Thornbury. The town was incorporated February 16, 1789. 
Under the provisions of law, the inhabitants of upper Union 
river voted, were taxed, and held office in the town. The first 
town meeting was held April 6, 1790, and the following officers 
chosen : 

Rogers Googins, Town Clerk ; Ephraim Haines, James Lord, 
Thomas Googins, John Green and Solomon Jordan, Selectmen ; 
James Smith and Edward Berry, Constables ; Martin Gilpatrick* 
Town Treasurer; James Lord, James McFarland and Isaac 
Lord, | Surveyors of Lumber; Jacob Foster, William Hopkins, 
Martin Gilpatrick, James McFarland and Theodore Jones, f 
Surveyor of Roads, voted Meletiah Jordanf to be Justice of the 
Peace ; fifteen votes, and James McFarland the same, eight votes, 

In 1809, the northeast part of the town from Card's Brook 
south was set off to Ellsworth, viz. : "Beginning at the southeast 
corner of Ellsworth running south 25° ; west, three miles and 100 
rods; thence south, 81°; west to Union River Bay; thence 
northerly by said bay and river to southern line of Ellsworth ; 
thence east two miles to place of beginning." 

• I have availed myself of the interesting articles in the Ellsworth American in 1892 
contributed hy Hon. William Freeman of Cherryfield. 

t Of Union river. 

Ancient Trenton. 99 

February 21, 1828 a part of the town was set off and iucluded 
in the new T town of Hancock. 

February 11, 1870, the easterly part of the town was set off 
and incorporated into the new town of Lainoine. 

This article will relate principally to the town before it was 


The grantees began immediately to make efforts to settle the 
town. In 1763 or 1764. men went there to make be^inninirs. 
One mill was built on Jordan's River; another on a small brook 
in Trenton, on Union River. 

The settlement did not flourish, and when the Revolutionary 
war broke out and while it continued nothing was accomplished 
but a struggle to live. 

After the war was over the old grantees began to look after their 
Grant. The King had never agreed to it, and now it reverted 
to the state. 

A new petition was sent to the General Court for a renewal of 
the arrant which was agreed to with new conditions and reser- 
vations, the most important of which was that the old settlers 
should be united and their rights protected. 

Captain Ebenezer Thorndike of Cape Elizabeth was the agent 
of the proprietors, and in 1785 and 1794 made out his bills and 
accounts from which I gather the following :* 


"A memorandum of Sundry accounts concerning the Township No. 1 
near Union River Granted and Laid out to Ebenezer Thorndike and 
others June 17tb, 17C2. 

The Committee sent down Daniel Merritt, Surveyor, Mr. Nathaniel 
Jordan, David Alden, Andrew Simonton. 

In 1764, made a first Division of Oak Point into 30 acre lots. June 
1765, built a Camp at the head of Skillins River now called Killkenny, 
in company with ("apt. Nath. Jordan and Eben'r Libby. 

May 1766, I carried down Joel Bonny and Thomas Stevens in order 
to build a mill on Jordan's River and built a camp on a small stream 
that falls into Jordan's River and Left them to cut timber. 

June I moved Mr. Steven Hutchinson and helped to settle him at 
Oak Point with a large Family and a good stock, a pair of oxen and 5 
cows and afterwards brought him down a fine Bull the same time I 
fenced a field and planted Corn and Potatoes and made a Garden at 
Oak point. 

1770 I Agreed with one Ephraim Haines and Roger Gookin3 to settle 

* Freeman's commuaications in Ellsworth American, 1892. 

100 Ancient Trenton. 

in the town to perform the Conditions off a proprietor's Right, Haines 
to have 1 Hundred Acres and Gookins have 1-2 a Right. 

December, 1772, I went Down with my vessel and 2 hands, Joshua 
Thorndike and Daniel Curtis, and laid out two hundred acres on the 
western side of Jordan's River beginning at a small stream running 100 
Rods up the river and 100 Rods down the river and then back into the 
woods, a paralel line, till the 200 acres is completed. At the same 
time cut part of the timber for a House and some logs for Boards and 
Loaded my vessel with pine Bolts. 

October, 1773, I went Down and sold 2 rights to Thomas Wescott 
and his son Thomas, to make them proprietors. 

May, 1774, I went to Jordan's River with my vessel and my two 
sons, Benj'm and Robert, and worked on My Lotts Which I had 
Pitched befor on the same stream and help'd to Clear the Brow in order 
to build a mill and Left some Boards and Blank in the Care of Thomas 
Wescott at the same time fenced a yard and planted potatoes. 

The above may all be proved by Living Evidence. 

Eben'r Thoenpike." 

''June 20, 1765. Account of my time and trouble at Sundry times 
to take and keep possession at No. 1 on Union River to going up 
Skilling's River and building a camp, with boards from Machias, at the 
falls, as Agent, Capt. Jordan in Company. 

May 17GG. to Extraordinary trouble in moving and settling the first 
Family on Oak point, Mr. Stephen Hutchinson, and helping him up 
with a Camp or house and fencing in a field & planting potatoes. 

1767. to going to Oak point and fencing in two yards and planting 
them with potatoes to clear the Falls in order to Build a mill on what is 
Called Jordan's River. 

1768. to going up Skilling's River to forewarn McFarlan's Company 
from Building a Mill on them Falls. 

1769. to going to a camp built by Some Boston Carpenters to cut 
timber and warn them off from cutting in the Behalf of the proprietors. 

1770. Went down and settled 2 families Hanes and Gookin took the 
Course of Jordan's River N. and 6° East in order to Lay out 100 acre 
lots to each right upon the plan. 

1772. I went Down with my vessel and two hands and Began to 
Build a House and laid out 200 acres of land on Jordan's River, and 
left it in the care of Mr. Wescott and his son Thomas." 

Not much progress towards settlement seems to have been made at 
this time. 

Notwithstanding the renewal of the grant to the original grantees in 
1785, the General Court July 0, 1787, granted Bartholomew DeGregoire 
and wife a tract of land on the main, which included the whole township 
of Trenton, and this blotted out all former grants. As in all former 
grants, the old settlers rights were protected, and the most of them 
afterward received deeds from De Gregoire and wife or their assigns. 

Ancient Trenton. 101 


In 1793-94-95-96, depositions were given relating to the early 
settlements : 

"Nathaniel Jordan of Cape Elizabeth, testified. May 3d, 1793, "that 
about 30 years ago" the Proprietors of the six Townships lying East of 
Union River sent hirn down to assist in running out the some. That he 
"went down in company with Benjamin (Joseph ( ?) Frye of Andover, 
who w r as the surveyor and one Mr. Grant of Berwick, one Rogers and 
Beniamin Thrasher and on our arrival at Union River to survev the 
same and Daniel Grant & myself carried the chain, beginning at Union 
River below the flats & running by the sea shore heading all the 
Coves & Bays as far as Mess Peckey,' so-called & this deponent further 
saith not. 

Nathaniel Jordan." 

Henry Dyer of Cape Elizabeth, testified that in 1786, he went with 
Capt. Thomdike to township No. 1 & '"helped him cut some timber off 
two lots of land there which 1 understood belonged to said Thorndike 
as he had made improvements upon it, by clearing some of it for a brow 
for a mill and I helped him clear it. The said lots lie upon Jordan's 
river on the northwest side thereof & about one mile from the mouth. 
Mr. Coolidge and Mr. Thomas Wescott, Jun'r, worked with me for said 
Thorndike at the same time. I further testify and say that the people 

I there frequently call said lots of land Thorndike's lots & the Falls upon 

a stream which runs through said lots — Thorndike's Falls." 


Thomas Wescott, Jun'r testified the same as his father. 


James Lord, Silas Coolidge the same year testified that they knew 
the land where Barnes now lives adjoining Jordan's River in No. 1, now 
called Trenton. About 8 years before they helped Capt. Ebenezer 
Thorndike cnt timber for a house and afterwards hired a part of his 
land to make a rye field. 

Ebenezer Thorndike the same year, 1795, desposed before Paul 
Dudley Sargent. ki that about 30 years before he carried one Stephen 
Hutchinson & his family who settled on Township No. 1, & that not 
long afterward he settled two other families, viz. : Rogers Googins & 
Ephraim Haines under his right, & sold Thomas Wescott and others, 
that almost every year before the war & many times during the same, 
he went down to one or the other of said townships--— that he employed 
Lord & Coolidge who lived near Jordan's River to cut timber, bui ] ding a 
house on the stream by the Falls." 


Ephraim Haines testified before Paul Dudley Sargent, in 1795, "that 
about 30 years ago 1 settled in township No. 1 lying & adjoining to 

* From Honorable William Freeman's papers. 

102 Ancient Trenton, 

the eastward of Mt. Desert or Union River now called Trenton under 
Ebenezer Thorndike one of the original Proprietors of said Township 
& was to have & did have of said Thorndike in consideration of my 
settling there One hundred acres of land which I now live upon. I also 
testify & say that I am knowing of one Joseph Barnes now living in 
said town upon land adjoining to Thorndike Falls, on the westward of 
Jordan's River. I am also knowing to said Thorndike's clearing up 
some of said land & to his cutting timber for a house there, and also 
logs for Wescott's Mill." 

9|? vtt t£ 4r flfE" ." tRc -3(& 3|r 

Rogers Googins at the same time aud before Judge Sargent, who took 
his deposition, testified substantially the same as Ephraim Haines, 
with the exception that instead of 100 acres, he was to have and did 
have for settling: half a right. 


Thomas Wasgatt before the same magistrate, "that about 30 vears 
ago I bought of Capt. Ebenezer Thorndike a Proprietor's Rights in the 
township No. 1, lying & adjoining to the eastward of Union River now 
called Trenton, 6c in consequence thereof I settled in said township & 
built a Mill there & have continued there and on Mount Desert Island 
ever since. I also testify that I am knowing to Joseph Barnes now 
living in said town & to Capt. Thorndike clearing part of the lot where 
said Barnes now lives 6c cutting timbor there for I assisted him & 
helped get them to my mill." 


Jonathan Milliken of Scarborough, in 1794, testified that he was "one 
of the Proprietors of Township No. 1, went down there about 30 years 
before to take possession of the township, <Sc did to by cutting & bring- 
ing away a load of lumber, viz : — Masts, spars & butts of timber at 
which time a surveyor viz : — Elias Banks & a Committee of the Pro- 
prietors, viz : — Nathan Jordan. Nathaniel Harmon & Benjamin Milliken 
were there running out & making the first division of lots laid out by 
said Proprietors 6c also a number of other lots called equivalent lots to 
make up for ye bad quality of some of ye lots of said first division, 
at ye same time also Mr. Benjamin Milliken who was also a Proprietor, 
built a Mill tLere & I helped raise the same with thirty-two men which 
he had there building said mill. I also testify and declare that I have 
no interest or claim to said township having long since sold my right to 
Levi Barlow. What induced me as well as some others to sell was the 
uncertainty of obtaining the King's approbation of the Grant." 

"I Ephraim Dyer of Cape Elizabeth, in the County of Cumberland, 
aged sixty-five vears, testify 6c sav that near thirty years ago, that is to 
say in the year 17*>6, I was well acquainted with the Township No. One, 
granted to Ebenezer Thorndike and others, lying and adjoining to the 
eastward of Mount Desert or Union River and well knew one Stephen 
Hutchinson, who was one of Proprietors, as he told me, and I know- 
that said Hutchinson settled in said township, & raised Potatoes there 
that year, and a year or two afterwards, he had a clever field of 

Ancient Trenton. 103 

carry him pork, molasses and other thiDgs, and had staves of him in 
Potatoes, barley & Peas there. I frequently saw him there & used to 
return. I also well knew, one Ephraim Haines, who settled there soon 
after, and he told me, he settled under the Proprietors of said 
Township. I also knew Stephen Hutchinson. Jun'r, who settled in said 
township & soon after one Roger Gookin settled there, he told he 
settled under the Proprietors, or some of them, & expected to bring 
forward a right — I also knew one, Benjamin MiHikin, one of said 
Proprietors who settled there I think in the year 17G5, for I carried him 
down in my Vessel (being a sloop about 70 tons) with Thomas Milliken 
and about thirty men employed by said Benjamin & Thomas to build a 
mill there. I carried down in said Vessel about four hundred pounds 
worth of provisions & other stores : and J am knowing to their building 
a mill there, just below the falls upon a stream that runs out of said 
township into Union River, as I helped them near fortnight, & staid 
with my Vessel which they made use of to live in until they got a house 
built. I also carried two women down in the same vessel 

Ephraim Dyer." 

"I Stephen Hutchinson of "Windham, in the County of Cumberland, 
aged fifty-three years, testify <$c say that in the year Seventeen hundred 
& sixty-nine, I think it was. but not later than 1770. I went down to 
the township No. One lying & adjoining to the eastward of Mount 
Desert or Union River with a design of settling there, and I lived there 
three years, & I was induced to go there, as my late Father Stephen 
Hutchinson and three brothers lived there who moved down, about three 
years before. My said father, being one of the Proprietors of said 
township as I have often heard him say. And I have often heard him 
say that he settled there as a Proprietor. I well remember that Roger 
Gookin & Richard McDugal built a Mill there & lived there before I 
moved off — I further testify & say that the township was always called 
Thorndike's township — Robert Thorndike was there & made staves 
there, and I think Mr. Ebenezer Thorndike was there several times 
while I was there. I also sav that one Wheeler was there at the same 

time & built a small house on the point called oak point 1 further 

say that my late father sold his right to one Matthew Patten, belong- 
ing to Blue Hill, & I further sav that I have no right, title or interest in 
said township unless in right of my son deceased, who as being the first 
child that was ever born in said township is, I apprehend, entitled to 
one hundred acres of land. 

Apr. 5, 1794. Stephen Hutchinson." 

104 Ancient Trenton. 


Job Anderson, born Feb. 26, 1746; had lot easterly side 
Oak Point, one hundred acres. Married Sarah , born Feb. 

27, 1848 ; she died May 25, 1816. Children : 

i. Samuel b. Oct. 16. 1770. 

ii. Jacob, b. Sept. 18, 1773: married Betsey G . of Beverly, pub- 
lished July 17. 1798. 

iii. Job. b. Oct. 1, 1775: married Xabby Ober of Beverly, published Sept. 

iv. Thomas, m. b. Oct. 20. 1777; married Joanna , shed. July 

19, 1816. 

v. George Rogers, b. May 26, 1780; married Betsy Salisbury of Eden 
published Sept. 18, 1501. 

vi. Phineas, b. July 10, 17S2; married Mary Higgias of Eden, Dec. 19. 

viii. Sally, b. Oct. 19, 1785; married Daniel Leland of Eden, published 
Feb. 4, 1817, or Reuben Salisbury of Eden, published June 14, 1805. 

viii. Joseph, ? married Anna Salisbury of Mt. Desert. Dec. 19, 1805. She 
b. Saint John, Aug. 19. 1781. Children: Daniel 1806. Amos 1S0S, 
Elizabeth 1S13, Jacob 1814, Harriet 1816, Lydia m. 1822. 

Mr. Ball, had lot east side of Skilling's river one hundred 
and thirty-two acres. 

Samuel Ball, had lot on Skilling's river ; Revolutionary 
soldier 1779. 

Jacob Barker, had lot east side Skilling's river now West 

E.' Black, had lot east side Skilling's river. 

Edward Berry, from Londonderry, X. PL, born April, 1744. 
He had lot from DeGre^oire next to Martin Gilpatrick ; married 
Margaret Gilpatrick; she was born April 19, 1754. He died 

Oct. 17, 1792. Children all born Trenton : 

i. Mary, b. Apr. 19. 1773. 

ii. Edward, b. Jan. 14, 177") ; married widow Polly Abbot Jan. 6, 1803. 

She was daughter of Shimuel Hodgins. Jan. 6, 1803. She b. Sullivan, 

June 30. 1773. Children: William 1803. Aklen 1806, Eiiza 1808. 
Mary J. 1810. Lois ? 1814. Xahum 1812. 
iii. Isaac b. Apr. lr>. 1777; married Lucy Hodgkins, Dec. 23. 1808. 

Three children 1 find. 
iv. Hannah, b. Nov. 21. 1779; married Silas Bunker of Sedgwick, Jan. 

6, 1S00. 
v. Martin, b. Mar. 20. 1782; married Sally Wooster Dec. 26, 1805. He 

was lost at sea June IS. 1808. 
vi. Margaret, b. Oct. 10, 1784; married Joseph Austen Jan. 6, 1803. 
vii. ROBERT, b. Apr. 19, 17>7. Representative 1S40. 
viii. Xahlm. b. June 18, 1700, lost at sea June IS, 1808. 
ix. Jane, b. Feb. 23, 1793. 

Ancient Trenton. 105 

William Blunt, born Portsmouth, Aug. 7, 1764; married 

Mary- , Sept. 13, 1786, she born Kittery, Sept. 24, 1766. 

Children : 

i. Polly, b. Portsmouth. June 25. 17S7. 

ii. Dolly, b. Portsmouth. Sept. 10. 1790. 

iii. Ann E. b. Portsmouth, Apr. 26, 1793. 

iv. Caroline, b. Portsmouth. May 14, 1796. 

v. William Peppekell, b. Portsmouth, Mar. 30, 1793. 

vi. Harriet, b. Trenton, Nov. 11, 1800. d. May 19, 1S01. 

John Blunt, son or brother. John Blunt, Esq., died July 10, 

1816. Children: 

i. John, b. Jan. 21, 1795; married Sally Gllpatrick, Jan. 31, 1819. Rep- 
resentative, 1S29. 
ii. Lydia, b. Sept. 20. 1798; married Charles Gilpatrick, Jan. 20, 1819. 
iii. Claussa, b. Aug. 21. 1801. 
iv. Mary b, June 20, 1804. 
v. Josrph T. b. July 10, 1S06. 
vi. Elisabeth Slade, b Mar. 23, 1809. 
vii. Thomas Perkins, b. Apr. 26, 1811. 

Silas Coolidge, born Watertown, Mass., Nov. 15, 1755. 
Revolutionary Pensioneer, 1818 ; married Betsy Freeman, pub- 
lished Aug. 13, 1795. He died May 13, 1833. Children : 

i. Josiah. b. Julvl2, 1796. 

ii. James, b. 27, 179S. 

iii. Sally, b. Mar. 27, 1S01 ; married Stephen Hodgden Jan. 10, 1822. 

iv. Silas, l>. Mar. 3. 1803. 

v. Eliza, b. Aug. 12, 1S05. 

vi. Freeman, b. Mar. 17. 1S08, died at sea Dec. 1831, 

^ ii. Mary, b. May 12,1810. 

William Crabtree, had lot on west side Skilling's River, one 
hundred acres. Revolutionary soldier, 1769. m c t' 

William Davison, had lot going east towards point. 

Charles Delaittre, wife Henrietta ; both born in 

France. Children : 

i. Michel, b. New York, June 5, 1791 ; married Mary Noble Jan. 1, 
1816. Removed to Sebee. then Belvidere. Illinois. 

ii. Louis, b. Trenton Feb. 15. 1793; m. Hannah Noble, Mar. 17, 1817. 
She b. Mt. Desert July. ^8, 1793; d. Montieello, Me. Jan. ]0. 1846; 
Foxcroft. 1817-1832; Montieello, 1832-40. Littleton, Me. 

iii. Charles, b. Castine. Feb. 0. 1779. Re was of Ellsworth; ra. Rosally 
Desilles of Trenton. June or Jan, 1827. 

iv. Francis, b. Orland, Sept. 5, 1801. 

v. Jenny, b. do.. Oct 30. 1802. 

vi. William, b. do., July 2. 1805. 

vii. Joseph, b. Trenton. May 6, 1S09. 

viii. John, do., Oct. 1, 1812. 

106 Ancient Trenton. 

Louis Desezelle, born in France ; went to Trenton about 

1791; married Polly Googins, published Sept. 11, 1796. She 

born Trenton, April 3, 1775. Did she marry second Joseph 

Sweet, published June 24, 1816? 

i. Louis, b. Aug. IS. 1797; d. Aug. 11, 1S05. 

ii. Rosellt Vanbcrtel. b. Aug, 9. 1797; m. Charles DeLaittre Jr., 

June or Jan. 9. 1827. 
iii. Francis Vanburtel. b. Aug. 28, 1S01. 
iv. William VYooster, b. Sept. 7. 1S03. 
v. Flora, b. Aug. 23, 1S06. 
vi. Marion, b. May 7, 1S07 
vii. Sally, b. Trenton, Aug. 17, 1S10. 

Jacob Foster, married Mrs. Mary Curtis of Boston published 
April 19, 1800, second wife. He died Feb. 25, 182-1; had lot 
westerly side Jordan river, adjoining Samuel Thompson's. 
Children : 

i. Anna. b. Oct. 11, 17S2; m. Elias Townseiid of Surry; published Oct. 

3. 1806. 
ii. NAHUM, b. Feb. 16. 1783. 
iii. Charles, b. Aug. 7. 1785; d. June 17. 1801. 
iv. Harriet, b. May 23. 17S7; m. William C. Norris of Sedgwick; 

published Dec. 20. 1S16. 
v. Louisa, b. May 11. 17S8. 
vi. Daniel, b. Mar. 10. 1792. 
vii. Sally, b. Sept. 10' 1794. 

John Ford, had lot on Shilling's river, one hundred and fifteen 
acres. Revolutionarv soldier, 1780. 

Thomas Frasier, had lot east side Shilling's river.. 

Levi Foster, first lot on north line of town on Union river 
just below Card's Brook. His lot may have been in Ellsworth. 

John Fullertox, born Boston, May 14, 1763 ; married 

Sarah AVhitaker, July 7, 1790, she born Gouldsborough, Feb. 

26, 1770. Children born Trenton. 

i. Nabby, b. Feb. 9. 1791. 

ii. Henry, b. Feb. 3. 1792. 

iii. Betsey, b. Jan 29. 1794. 

iv. John. b. Feb. 28. 1796. 

v. William, b. May 7, 179S. 

vi. Thomas Phillips, b. March 5, 1800. 

vii. George, b. Nov. 11, 1801. 

Capt. Isaac Gilpatrick, came in Sept. 1774, with wife, six 
sons and two daughters. He married Mary Jameson in Bidde- 
ford, July 25, 1851, she died Feb. 19, 1816, aged 84 years. 

Ancient Trenton. 107 

She had lot east side of mouth of Judson river as a widow Mary, 

of DeGregoire, prior 1792. Children, probably not in order: 

i. Joanna, bapt. Biddeford First Church, Nov. 19. 1752. 
ii. Margaret, do. do.. July 7. 1754. ; ru. Edward Berry. 
iii. Martin, do do.. Aug. 12, 1756; had lot 100 acres of DeGregoire, 

easterl}- of Old Point. 
iv. Isaac, do. do.. April 22. 1759. 
v. Robert, b. Biddeford, Oct. 1. 1761 ; lot of DeGregoire on bay above; 

Rev. soldier. 1779; m. Dollv or Poilv ; b. Trenton, April 19, 

1773. Children b. Trenton. 

1. Charles b. Dec. 2, 17SS: rn. Lydia Blunt, Jan. 20, 1819. 

2. Sally, b. An?. S. 1791 : m. John Blunt Jan. 31, 1819. 

3. Hannah, b. Feb. 14. 1794. 

4. Jerry, b. Apr. 5. 179G. d. July 1. 1802. 

5. Edward, b. Dec. 1. 1798; rc. Sarah Smith of Sullivan. Feb. 5. 

1S22. He probably died Nov. 21, 1824. 

6. Martin, b. July 1, 1802, d. July 4, 1802. 

7. Jerry, b. Mar. 31, 1806. 

8. Robert, b. Mav 14. 1805. 

9. Nahum. b. Feb. 1, 1809. 

10. Luther b. Aug. 21. 1811. 

vi. James, m. Phebe Lord. Oct. 17, 1793. Children all b. Trenton. 

1. Benjamin, b. Oct. 11. 1794. 

2. John. b. Mar. 25. 1797. 

3. Sally, b. July 2<J. 179S; m. David Hanover of Eden. Apr. 2, 

4. James, b. July 2G, 1801. 

5. Martin, b. July 13. 18(4. 

6. Diodama. b. Mav 2, 1808. 

7. Isaac, b. Mav 16. 1810. 

8. Rufus. b. Feb. 22. 1813. 

9. Mary A., b. Feb. 24. 1816. 

vii. SAMUEL, son. had lot westerly side Jordan's river of DeGregoire, Old 

Point. 122 acres 92 rod-. 
viii. John. son. had lot of DeGregoire on vest side, 106 acres. 

Rogeks Googixs. born at New Biddeford (?) Jan. 11, 1738; 
married Elisabeth , Nov. 20, !**&&; she born North Yar- 
mouth, April 4, 1739. died May 2, 1808. He died Mar. 6, 1830, 

aged 93 years. Children : 

i. Susanna, b. Yarmouth. Mar. 20. 1763. _ 

ii. Olive, b. fin.. Mar. 21. 17GS. . 

iii. Elizabeth, b. do.. Mar. 21. 17*j3. ( i 

iv. Margaret, b. Trenton, ."Mar. 31. 1709. 

v. Benaj.min. b. do.. June 1, 1772; in. Jenny McFarland; pub. Nov. 4. 

1 790-7. She b. Trenton, Nov. 21. 1773; she died Jan. 30, 1831, aged 

52. 7 children. 

vi. Rogers Jr., b. do.. May 21. 1774: m. widow Ann Higgius* of Eden; 

pub. Sept. 11. 1796. she b. July 4. 1772; nine children, the llrst two 

at Eden, the orixo-- in Trenton. 

1. Henrv. b. July 26. 1797; died April 26. 1800. 

2. SalJyj b. Nov.' 1<). 1798; m. Joseph Coolidge, June 27, 1822. 

3. Charity, b. Mav 1. 1S0O; m. James Whitaker, Jan. 7, 1819. 

4. Clarissa, b. Nov. 17. 1801; in. Ben Salisbury. Dec. 25. 1S22. 

5. Harriet, b. Sept. l'3. 1603; m. Nathan Hodgkins of Sullivan; 

pub. Dec. 8.' 1800. 

6. Henrv. b. Ausf. 7. 1805. 
,. 7. Moses, b. Mav 15. 1807. 

vii. Mary. b. do.. April 3. 1775: m. Louis Desezlle; pub. Sept. 11. 1706. 
viii. THOMAS Googins. brother, or .sou of Rogers, had lot east side 
SkilHnsr's river. 100 acrf-. 


Her children by first hu^i.and, born in Edeu. 1. Polly, born July 22, 1792. 
Stephen, born May 14, 1794. 

108 Ancient Trenton. 

Me. John Green, born at Reading, May 5, old style, 1747 ; 
married Abigail Geary, July 9, 1771, she born Stockham ( ?) 
April 2, old style, 1749. 

i. Abigail, b. Reading, June 8, 1772; m. Benjamin Joy Jr., Aug. 23, 

1. John Green their son. b. at Trenton on Union river, March 5, 
1797; Horatio, b. May 4, 1799; Nabby Green, b. May 23, 
ii. Emma, b. do., June 12, 1783. 

Ephraim Haines, came here, settled at Haines Point, had lot 

one hundred and eleven acres, one hundred and fifty-two rods. 

Revolutionary soldier, 1818, at age of 93. Children: 

i. Hannah, b. Oct. 25, 1770; m. Noah Murch; pub. Sept. 29, 1792. 
ii. Mary. b. Jan. S. 1772: m. Nath C. Barnes; pub. Oct. 31, 1793. 
iii. Ephraim, b. Jan. 12. 1774; n». Polly Hopkins of Eden; pub. Dec. 7, 

iv. Perlet. (?) I think his son ; m. Jane Hopkins; pub. Nov. 5, 

1792. Children: 

1. David, b. Mav 2, 1793; m. Sally Anderson ; pub. Apr. 26. 1S19. 

2. Daniel, b. Feb. 4. 179.">; m. Eunice Murch; pub. Oct. 9,1819. 

3. Kichard. b. May 19. 1790. 

4. Thomas, b. Oct. 13. 1797; m. Sally Scott of Mt. Desert; pub. 

Oct. 1, 1817. 

5. Lvdia, b. Apr. 6, 1799. 

Peter Haines, son or brother of Ephraim, had lot on east 
side Oak Point, fifty acres. 

John Harding, Jr.,* horn Eastham, Jan. 15, 1776; married 

Jane Salisbury at Trenton, Jan. 2, 1798, born Mount Desert, 

June 24, 1782. Children : 

i. Ebknezer, b. Mar. 24. 1S01. 
ii. Reuben, b. Feb. 26 1804. 

iii. Timothy, b. Fov. 26, 1808; m. Lucy . She d. June 17, 1829. 

iv. Eliza. A., b. Jan. 28, 1810. 
v. John, b. April 1814. 
vi. Mary J., b. Nov. 14. 1817. 
vii. Alvin D., b. Jan. 2, 1822. 

John Harding had lot on Jordans river, -fifty-one acres, 
seventy-eight rods. 

Edward Hodgkins, born Kennebeck, Mar. 23, 1758; married 

Mary , born at Harps well, Mar .6, 1761. Children, first 

born Sullivan, others in Trenton : 

i. Sallly, b. Nov. 16. 1785. 

ii. Phillip C, Dec. 13, 1787; m. Sally Noble of Sullivan, Feb. 5, 1807. 

iii. John, b. Dec. 6. 1789 in Trenton. 

iv. Edward, b. Jan. 3, 1792. 

♦ Peggy Harding, probably mother of John, died Dec. 18, 1829, aged 96, 

Ancient Trenton, 109^ 

v. Maby, b. June 6, 1794; m. John Hamor, Feb. 8, 1S16. 

vi. James, b. Apr. 6, 1796. 

yii. Hannah, b. .Sept. 15, 179S; in. Ben Hutchinson of Lubec; pub. Dec. 

6, 1S17. 
viii. David, b. April 30, 1801. 
ix. Isaac Davis b. Aug., 9, 1S04. 

Shimuel Hodgkins, had lot westerly side Shilling's river. 
Revolutionary soldier, 1780. 

Edward Hodgkins, had settlers lot on Point going easterly on 
Bay, one hundred and forty-two acres, 1788-92. 

Phillip Hodgkins, had lot mouth of Skilling's river, French- 
man's Bay, one hundred sixty-five acres, fifty-six rods. 

Moses Hodgkins, had lot on Skilling's river, going northerly 
west side, one hundred forty-nine acres, eight rods. 

William Hopkins, easterly side, four sixty-four acres, wife 

Betsey , both departed this life on the night of March 5, 

1813. Children: 

i. Sterling, b. Aug. 22. 1766. 

ii. Anna. b. 23 April. 1769; m. Peter Haines; pub. Sept. 16, 1790. 
iii. Jenny, b. April 3. 1771. 
. iv. Anderson, b. Jan. 25, 1773; rn. Phebe Lancaster of Sullivan; pub. 

Oct. 9. 1795. 
v. Matthew, b. Aug. 25. 1774. 
vi. May. b. Oct. 25, 1776. ••Polly" probably married John Hopkins of 

Sedgwick; pub. Sept. 17. 1796. 
vii. Elizabeth, b. July 5, 17S0. 
viii. John. b. July 6, 17S2. Probably m. Hannah Murch; pub. May 26, 


John Hopkins, born Londonder}-, Mar. 12, 1771 ; married 

.Mary M , Dec. 4, 1796, she born Trenton, Oct. 25, 1776. 

Children : 

i. Robert, b. Oct. 15. 1797. 

ii. John. b. Jan 12. 1797. 

iii. Elizabeth Anderson, b. Jan. 23. 1801. 

Stephen Hutchinson, settled with his family at Oak Point, 

in 1765, he was probably the first settler. He sold his homestead 

at Oak Point and an Island easterly from it to Matthew Patten 

(of Surry) merchant, for £43 Gs Sd. July 2, 1768,* Stephen 

Hutchinson, Jr., also sold to Patten, one hundred acres at Oak 

Point, for forty shillings. June 2, 1769f the family removed 

to Windham where the father died there at the age of 80, and 

the son in 1826, aged 85. Patten sold out to Edward Sinclair. 

* Lincoln Records, volume 8, page 113. 
t Lincoln Records, volume 8, page 112. 

110 Ancient Trenton. 

Solomon Jordan, born Biddeford, Sept. 12, 1744; married 
Christiana Simonton of Cape Elisabeth, Dec. 3, 1797, she died 
April 5, 1747. He moved to Union Eiver, 1770 and had lot just 
north line of Trenton and was set on to Ellsworth, Mar. 3, 1809. 
Children first born Biddeford others at Union River. 

i. Walter Simonton, b. Dec. 6, 176S; in. Hannah Smith of No. S, 

Aug. 8. 1793. 
ii. Matthew, b. April 15. 1772; m. Abigail Haslem; pub. Sept. 27, 1796. 
iii. Hannah, b. Apr. 16, 1774; m. George Haslem of Ellsworth. 
iv. Mart, b. Apr. 28, 1776; m. Ben Smith Dee. 19, 1793., 
v. Elizabeth, b. Apr. 25, 177S; m. Joshua Moore of Waltham. 
vi. Asa, b. July 5, 17S0; d. Apr. 22, 1792. 

vii. Christiana, b. Aug. 8. 1782; in. John Whitaker; pub. June 16, 1804. 
viii. Benlamin, b. Oct. 19. 17S4; m. Sarah Smith. 
ix. John, Green, b. Occ. 7. 1787. 

x. Abigail, b. Apr. 12. 1790; m. Joseph Jellison of Waltham. 
xi. Sarah, b. July 9, 1792; m. Eli Colby of do. 

Ebenezer Jordan, born Biddeford, Aug. 27, 1742 ; came to 
Union river 1770, had lot joining his brother Solomon, a small 
brook dividing their lots. Set oft' to Ellsworth, Mar. 3, 1809. 
He married first Lucy Tarbox, in Biddeford, Mar. 5, 1765, she 
born Feb. 20, 1748 ; mother of the children. Married second ( ?) 
widow Betsy Treworgy. . Married (second (?) third did he ? 
Mrs. Judith Strout, of No. G, east side Penobscot river, pub- 
lished Sept. 21, 1795. Children : 

i. Nathaniel, b. Biddeford, Jan. 28, 17G6; d. June 9, 1S31 ; twice 

ii. John, b. do.. Apr. 21, 1768; m. Dorcas Lord at Saco 1791. He d. 

Feb. 1, 1854. 
iii. Ebenezer. b. Union river. May 3, 1771; m. Phebe Smith of No. 8, 

Dec. 13. 1792. 
iv. CorNELius, b. July 5. 1773; d. young. 
v. Ezekiel, b. Apr. 30, 1775; d. young. 
vi. Soloman, b. Julv 15. 177S; m. Betsey Townsend Treworgy. 1803. 

He d. May 7, 1S49. 
vii. Nahum, b. May 2, 1781; m. Rachel Joy. He d. July 14, 1807; she d. 

Aug. 20, 1835. 
viii. Joseph, b. Jan. 1G. 1784; m. (Mrs.) Mary Tinker; pub. July 15, 1808. 
ix. Loring, b. Jan 4, 1788; m. Rebecca Joy, June 11, 1809. 

John King, born in Saco, Nov., 1764; married Betsey Gil- 
patrick published May 22, 1794 at Trenton* she born Oct. 28, 

1770. Children all born Trenton. 

i. Isabella, b. Oct. 14, 1795; m. Hazen Whitaker; pub. Jan 10, 1815. 

ii. James, b. Feb. 8. 1797; m. Charlotte Googius, Oct. 9. 1S22. 

iii. John, b. Apr. 22, 1799. John King Jr.. m. fc'ollv Googins, Julv 13. 

1S17; Eep. 1844. Was it this man? 
iv. William, b. Aug. 22. 1802; d. July 25, 1806. 

* John King, married Polly Googins, July 13, 1817. 

Ancient Trenton, 111 

v. Xathan, b. Feb- 4, 1804. 
vi. Benjamin, b. Aug. 3, 1S0S; Rep, 1844. 
vii. Pheby, b. Jan 2. 1811. 
vui.NAHUM, b. Aug. 12, 1813. 

William King, married Lucy Lord, July 22, 1802. 

James Lord, settled 1766, had lot on west side Jordan's river 
from De Gregoire, one hundred and twenty-one acres, five rods. 
Wife died, 1807. 

John Lemon, had lot at Oak Point, ninety-nine acres, one 
hundred and fourteen rods. 

James Leland. Children : 

i. ABNER, b. Apr. 27. 1787. 

ii. Anna. b. Mar. 8, 1739; in. Nathan Higgins; pub. Oet. 19, 180S. 

iii. William, b. Jan. 3. 1791; oi. Lydia Haines, Dec. 13, 1813. 

iv. James, b. June 3, 1795. 

v. Ebenezek, b. Dec. 3. 1798. 

vi. Silvanus, b. April 27, 1800. 

Thomas McFabland, had lot on westerly side of head of 
Skilling's river, forty-three acres, eighty-four rods. 

James McFarland, had lot west side head of Skill ings river, 
fifty-four acres, one hundred and twenty-four rods. Lieut, in 
Capt. Daniel Sullivan's Company, Revolutionary War 1777. 


1807, Jan. 26, Nathaniel McFarland and Elisabeth Springer. 
1814, Jan. 2, Wm. McFarland and Nancy Coats. 
1819, Jan. 4, John McFarland and Hannah Leland of Eden. 
Dec. 23, Means McFarland and Polly Coats. 
1822, Aug. 15, Thomas McFarland, Jr., and Mary Davis. 
1817, Feb. 18, David McFarland, published to Betsey Mosley 
of Sullivan. 

Joseph Morrison, had lot on Union River Bay below Jordan ; 
afterward set off to Ellsworth. 

John Murch, had lot on easterly side of Oak Point, three 
hundred acres. "John Murch married Mrs. Charity Cook of 
Sullivan, July 17, 1806-7." 

112 Ancient Trenton. 

Noah Murch. Children : 

i. Sally, b. May 30. 1793. 
ii. Hannah, b. March 5. 1795. 
iii. Patience, b. Oct. 26. 1797. 
iv. Eunice, b. Aug. 19, 1793. 
v. Noah, b. Oct. 12, 1800. 


1805, July 3, John Hopkins and Hannah Murch. 

1807, July 17, John Murch and Charity Cook of Sullivan. 

1814, Jan. 2, James Cotes and Betsv Murch. 

1820, Nov. 20, Elisha Higgins and Sally Murch, published. 

1817, Mar. 8, Wyatt Moore and Ruth Murch, published. 

June 14, John Murch, Jr,. and Mary Young, published. 

Sinclair, widow, had lot easterly side of Oak Poiut, eighty- 
eight acres, seventy-seven rods, above Edward Sinclair. 

Edward Sinclair, had lot west side of Oak Point, one hun- 
dred and one acres eighty-eight rods, bought out Matthew Patten 
of Surry. He sold out to Nathan Jones. Sinclair was a Revo- 
lutionary soldier in Capt. Daniel Sullivan's Company. 

David Sinclair, De Greuoire crave Edward Sinclair of New- 
bury Neck, a deed for David Sinclair to be kept by Edward until 
David came of 14 years of age. Jan. 3, 1792. 

James Smith, had lot head of Skiliing's river, fifty- four acres, 

one hundred and thirty-four rods. Children : 

i. William, b. Sept. 11, 1773. 

ii. James, b. March 23, 1775. 

iii. Sarah, b. Nov. 18, 1780. 

iv. Lucy, b. Nov. 2. 1783. 

v. Kitty, b. March 9, 1790. 


John Smith, had lot east side Shilling river, one hundred 

John Springer, born Plantation No. 9, Aug. 27, 1785, had 
lot east side Skillinirs river, one hundred acres. Married Lucy 
White, Sept. 14, 1813, she born Addison, Jan. 26, 1787; he 
was a soldier in Capt. Daniel Sullivan's Company, 1779. Chil- 
dren born in Trenton : 

i. Luevanta, (?) b. Aug. IS, 1814. 
ii. Samuel Nash. b. March 3, 1816. 
iii. Mary Blunt, b. Feb. 12. 1818. 

Ancient Trenton. 113 

Samuel Thompson, had lot on West side Jordan river, four 
hundred thirty-one acres. 

Benjamin Ward, had lot west side Shilling's river, one hun- 
dred acres. Revolutionary soldiea, 1779. 

Thomas Wasgatt, Senior, from Penobscot to Trenton, built a 
a mill at head of Jordan's river, moved to Mount Desert. 

i. Thomas Jr., came with his father; moved to Mt. Desert, 
ii. Davis, had lot on Jordan's river west side. 133 acres. He moved to 
Mt. Desert. 

Elkanah Young, wife Mary died Aug. 1, 1824. Children : 

i. Elkanah. b. Cape Cod, Dec. 16, 1775; wife Thankful, died June 2S, 

1640, ag-ed 64 years 5 nms. 
ii. Barnabas, b. Eden, Sept. 19, 1777. 
Hi. ABNERJ b. do.. Oct. 13, 1779. 
iv. Nathan, b. do.. Nov. 13. 1781: in. Hetty Salisbury; pub. Sept. 10, 

v. Thomas, b. Xov. 5. 1783. 

vi. Solomon, b. do.. Dec. 5, 1685; m. Sally Lane; pub. June 1, 180S. 
vii. Seth. b. May 31. 1776. 

viii, Louis, b. March 2S, 1793; m. Hannah Goo^ius, Jan. 11, 1817. 
ix. William, b. Dec, 5, 1794; m. Hannah Hodgkins, Jan. 23. 1821. 


There were no French settlements or settlers in the town until 
1792. Then and after several families came : De La Val, Des 
Isle, De La Roche, De Laittre and De La Moyne. 

Madam Rosalie Baeler de La Val bought 115 acres of land 
of Gen. Henry Jackson of Boston, Xov. 28, 1792.* This land was 
at what is now East Lamoine, aud was named Fontain La Val. 
Much line writing has been done relating to this woman, of the 
buildings she built, the improvements she made and the artizans 
she employed and her expectations. However that may be, she 
conveyed this estate to John Baptist de La Roche, Dec. 12, 
1792, f (not to Louis Des Isle as is often stated.) 

It appears by these dates in the records that she only lived in 
the town a verv short time, hardly a year. It is said that she 
married Governor Von Bartte of one of the Spanish or French 
West India Islands. 

* Hancock Records, vol. 2, page 
t Hancock Records, vol. 2, page 

. 90. 
page 104. 

114 Ancient Trenton. 

John Baptist cIe La Roche bought of Madam De Val, her 
laud iu Treutou and in Township No. 8.* He also bought of 
Gen. Henry Jackson. Lived in Trenton between the west line of 
Sullivan and Jordan's River, and had 8931 acres of land in 
No. 8, August 7, 1794. f He sold out in whole or in part to La 
Moyne, August 12, 1827.} 

Louis Des Isle, was in Trenton, 179(3, when he married "Mary, 
daughter of Rogers Googins, Senior; he bought land in Trenton, 
April 30, 1801, which is the first deed on record of his in the 
town. No deed is on record to him from Madam La Val. He 
bought a mill at Mt. Desert, Feb. 28, 1799, and a mill site Sept. 
13, 1799. Descendants numerous. 

Louis De Laittre, born in France, came to this country, 
1790, and to Trenton in 1792. Descendants numerous. 

La Moyne , bought land of De La Roche lying 

west of Skilling's river, Aug. 10, 1827. The deed was written 
in French; recorded Hancock Registry, volume 51, page 316. 
The town of La Moiue was named for him, the reason therefor 
does not appear. 


The Maine State Grange Patrons of Husbandry is an organiza- 
tion ostensibly in the interest of the farmers of Maine. 

By one of those inscruitable providences which often happen 
one M. B. Hunt, •'constable" of Belmont, is Master for the pres- 
ent year. To the great disgust of decent people in and out of the 
order, Mr. Hunt lately wrote an open letter, in which he con- 
gratulates patrons on the fight made for the Listing bill in the last 
Legislature and the progress made. He says : %4 Though beaten, 
we have not struck our colors. We are in it to stay until justice 
and right is secured. Let us take a careful view of the situation. 
It is net much of a defeat after all. Our friends in both branches 
of the Legislature did boldly, full as well, perhaps, as we had a 

* Hancock Records, volume 2, p:ige 104. 
t Hancock Records, volume 3, page 63. 

X Hancock Record-, volume 51, page 316. 

Intentions of Marriage at Elhivorth, 1800 to 1810. 115 

right to expect. When we grapple with a problem of such mag- 
nitude as the 'listing bill,' and in two years from the time the first 
encounter is had succeed in carrying the House b}- such an over- 
whelming majority and tie the Senate, we have no reason to be 
discouraged. Let us close up our ranks, reform our lines and 
once more give battle for the right. We have nothing hard to say 
of those members of the Legislature who opposed us. They have 
simply shown how unscrupulously selfish and unfair they are." 



The following w r ere found among the papers of Meletiah Jordan 
Esquire, of Ellsworth, and the parties are suposed to have been 
married by him. 

June 22, 1800. Jacob Sawyer and Mrs. Elizabeth Fly both of 
Plantation No. 6. Moses Hammond Clerk of Plantation No. 6. 

June 3, tSoi. Oliver Maddocks of Plantation No. 6, and Sally 
Bunker of Epsom. Moses Hammond, Plantation Clerk No. 6. 

July 13, 1S01. Nathaniel Jellison of Ellsworth, and Sarah Young 
of No. 6, in Ellsworth. Theodore Jones, Town Clerk. 

Aug. 5, 1S04. David Hooper and Elizabeth Henderson both of 
Plantation 8 and 9 adjacent to Sullivan. George G. Butters, Clerk of 

Nov. 17, 1804. Peter Lancaster and Hannah Stanley both of 
Mount Desert. Thomas Richardson, Town Clerk. 

April 2, 1804. Stephen Holt of Surry and Dorcas Lord of Trenton. 
Jacob Foster, Town Clerk of Trenton. 

Oct. 29, 1S04. Samuei Ball and Sally Young both of Sullivan. 
Jabez Simpson, Town Clerk. 

Oct_ 27, 1806. Joseph Lancaster and Nancy Moore both of Mount 
Desert. David Richardson, Clerk of Mt. Desert. 

Mar. 3, 1S10. Benjamin Jellison and Betsey Treworgy both of 
Mariaville, published at Ellsworth. George Brimmer, Clerk of 


James Gr. Blaine. 


The most notable citizen of Maine, at the time of his death, 
was James G. Blaine ; and this paper will give some account of 
him as a Maine man. 1 

He was born in Pennsylvania, Jan. 81, 1830, and graduated at 
Washington college in that state, in 1847. He was a school 
teacher for a few years, but having married a Maine ladv he came 
to Augusta, in 1853, which was his legal residence during his life. 

James Cr. Blaine. 117 

He soon after bought one half of the Kennebec Journal of 
William H. Simpson of Belfast ; Joseph Baker owned the other 
half which he sold in 1854, to Rev. John L. Stevens, a Univer- 
salis! Minister. In 1857, Mr. Blaine sold out to John S. Say ward, 
who had also been a Universalist Minister, but was then or lately, 
Editor of the Bangor Daily Whig and Courier. The firm of 
Stevens & Savward, continued for many vears the publishers of 
that Journal. Mr. Blaine was an Editor of the Portland Daily 
Advertiser for a short time. In 1856, he was a delegate to the 
Republican National Convention, and thereafter made several 
notable speeches which attracted the attention of men of all 
political parties, and was the commencement of his public career. 

The next public act which brought Mr. Blaine into notice, was 
his appointment by Governor Lot M. Morrill, under a Resolve of 
the Legislature, Mar. 27, 1858, as a Commissioner "to examine 
and report the system of disbursements, labor and description of 
the State Prison at Thomastou and compare the same with other 
prisons." Mr. Blaine accepted the appointment and devoted him- 
self to it for nearly a year. He visited the State Prison many times 
and also the prisons of other states. He made his report to the 
Legislature, Feb. 1, 1859. It was a clear, thorough and exhaus- 
tive statement of the whole subject, and the most admirable paper 
of the kind to be found in the archives of the state. It was in 
this report that he alluded to Thomaston as being at the head of 
sloop navigation on Saint Georges river, which statement gave 
great offence and took some years to condone. 

He was a Representative to the Legislature, 1859-60-61-62, and 
the last two years speaker of the House. Prior to 1859, the 
defalcation of Benjamin D. Peck, State Treasurer 2 had taken 
place, and a committee was appointed by the Legislature to make 
an investigation. Mr. Blaine was a member of this committee 
and by his wise practical course thereon increased his reputation. 
He shrewdly kept the matter out of politics. It has been stated 
that Mr. Blaine was a lawyer ; I do not find that he was admitted 
to the Bar in Kennebec County, his home. He was for many 
years an Attorney for the American or (Western Union) Tele- 
graph Company, and also for several states and great railroad cor- 
porations in prosecuting claims against the General Government. 
He was Representative to Congress, U. S. Senator, and Secretary 

118 James G- Blaine. 

of State for the United States. He was a member and Chairman 
of the Republican State Committee for many years, and for the 
most part he was the committee himself. He was the Warwick of 
Maine politics, he made and unmade Governors and lesser officials; 
he did not always put his personality into contests for Governor, 
he was wise in that respect. His candidate was generally success- 
ful. I never knew him all afloat as to a candidate, but once and 
that was at the State Convention in Bangor, June 26, 187 9, 3 
when Daniel F. Davis 4 was nominated. He was the head and 
front of the Republican forces in the celebrated Count out Con- 
test, Dec, 1879 and Jan., 1880. He was brave in purpose and 
fruitful in resources. He wrote or dictated the famous letter to 
Gov. Garcelon, Dec. 24, 1879, invoking the decision of the 
Supreme Court, which Lot M. Morrill signed as chairman of a 

He had an honorable desire to be President of the United 
States, for which position he possessed eminent qualifications. 
Like Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, he was disappointed in 
that ambition and like them it contributed in some degree to his 
death. L T nlike them he died and was buried far away from the 
State which gave him his first political honors and which stood 
by him to the end with unswerving lovaltv. 

He was a man of many virtues. To say that he had no faults, 
would be to travestv human nature. He died in Washington, D. 
C. Jan. 27, 1893, and was buried Jan. 30. 

1 The writer of this paper gives his views from his own standpoint and is responsi- 
ble for his statements. 

2 Some of Peck's bondsmen used the public funds as was perhaps more or less the 
custom in those days. The most of th^m came out honorably, some did not, notably 
one who was supd" by the Attorney-General and it is said committed perjury at the 
trial, and afterward gro.-sly abused the gentleman whose forbearance kept him out of 
the common jad. 

3 Unless he sympathized with the Kennebec Delegation which was there with Lot 
M. Morrill as a candidate for Governor to kill off Eugene Hale in the interests of Wm. 
P. Frye. 

4 It was -omewhat remarkable that Mr. Davis was introduced to Mr. Blaine on the 
platform on that day. — [Ed. of Magazine. 

Items from Trenton Records. 119 


1790, April 6. For Justice of the Peace, Meletiah Jordan received 15 
votes, James McFarland 8 votes. 

1794, April S. Voted to pay Rev. John Urquhart, £2 Ss for his services 

in 17S4. 
1793, Aug. 15. Leonard Jarvis set up a Notification to inform the 
Public that he had committed the affairs of cutting hay and 
timber into the hands of Mons De La Roche. Dec. 5, 1793' 
the said notification was taken down by the direction of 
Theodore Jones. 

1795. The proportion of money to each Class or School District, 
was, Jordan's River £j 14s ; Oak Point, <£-4 10s ; Fontain De 
La Val, £4 10s ; Jordan's Class, (below Card's Brook) £7 14s ; 
Kilkenny, £5 19s; Union River, (now Ellsworth*) £16 2s ; 
Reed's Brook west side Union river, £5 5s. 

1800, April 7. Voted to recommend Capt. William Blunt as Justice of 

the Peace. 
1893, April. School District laid out from Ebenezer Jordan's down 

Union River Bay and Oak Point 

1804, Mar. 5. Rogers -Googins, Jr., Jacob Foster, John McFarland, 

Thomas McFarland, and Ebenezer Jordan committed for choice 
of School Masters. 

1805, Mar. 4. Jahaziah Shaw, Moderator. He and Isaac Davis and 

Mason Shawj were Committee for th i inspection of Schools 
and Masters. 

1806, Mar. 3. Jahaziah Shaw Selectman, May 21. He resigned the 





"July 5, 1780, gave a permit to John Dudley, Jr., John French, 
Edward Bean and Isaac Smith, to arrive out of the State for Kene- 
beck river, where they are about settling, 20 head of horned cattle." 

7 N. H. Hist. Co/l., page 221. 

• It is seen that the Ellsworth School District was twice a9 large as any other Dis- 
trict in the town. 

t Mason Shaw was removed from the office of Sheriff of Hancock County in 1808, 
for being a Federalist. 

120 Marriages in Trenton. 



1793, Oct. 18. John Smith, fourth, and A. Eaton of Mt. Desert. 

1794, John Wentworth and Lydia Fletcher. 

April 5. "Abraham Somes* of Mount Desert and Johanna 
Beal, of a place called Bowdoin entered into the Sacred Coven- 
ant of Matrimony after being lawfully published, 

Before me, 

John Green, Town Clerk. 

[Signed] Abraham Somes. 

Johanna Beal." 

1795, Nov. 4. Benjamim Googins and Jenny McFarland. 

1800, April 4. Stephen Veazie of Islesborough and Patty Hardiag. 
1S03, Tan. 6. Joseph Austin and Peggy Berry. 

Dec. 1. William Richards and Hepsibah Hadley, of Eden. 
1S05, Dec. 26. Solomon Stevens and Betsy Thomas of Eden. 
1S05, Nov. 4. Geo. Butler of Sullivan and Polly Googins by Jahaziah 
Shaw, Esquire. > 

Dec. 26. George Googins of Sullivan and Sarah Butler by the 
1805, May 26. • David Bartlett and Elizabeth Wilbur. 
1807, Nov. 22. Elias Townsend of Surry, and Apphia Foster. 
1809, June 8. Aaron Salisbury and Peggy Bunker of Mt. Desert. 

1813, Dec. 6. David Marshall and Lydia Haines. - 

1814, Feb. 24. W. Smith and Sally Salisbury. 

Dec. 23. Amos Dolliver of Mt. Desert and Bathsheba Cousins. 
1825, Mar. 7. Anderson Hopkins and Polly Anderson. 

1823, Jan. 1. Jabez Sailsbury of Ellsworth and Nabby Young. 

1824, Sept. 20. Moses Lambert and Mary Higgins. 

* I believe this to be Capt. Abrnham Somes, Sen., the first settler at Mt. Desert; 
his second marriage: I tind do other Abraham Somes there. Johanna (Jordan/ Beal 
was the widow of Edward Beal who was one of the first settlers at Ellsworth. 




Vol. VIII. Bangor, Me., July, Aug., Sept., 1893. Nos.7,8,9. 



Ladies and Gentlemen: — On the 31st of March, 1605, the staunch, 
well-fitted ship "Archangel," under command of Capt. George Way- 
mouth, sailed from the Downs, and on the 12th of May following cast 
anchor at about noon upon the north side of an island estimated to be 
about six miles in circumference. To the way-worn travelers this 
island was of exceeding beauty. The surrounding waters abounded in 
fish qf all kinds, on its shores grew wild berries and roses in profusion 
and its cliffs were covered with vast flocks of water-fowl. In the 
quaint language of these times the island was described as "the 
remarkablest isle and mountains for landmarks, a round high isle, with 
little Monas bv its side, betwixt which is a small harbor where our 
vessels can lie at anchor." Waymouth called it St. George, but it is 
agreed by all that it was the same grim sentinel at the outposts that 
to-day guards the entrance of our beautiful bay ; — the same watchful 
guardian that has for so long kindled its beacon fires to warn the 
anxious mariner ; — the island of Monhegan. 

* Edward Bowdoin STealley, son of Edward St. John and Lucy C. (Prince) Nealley 
of Bath, was horn in Thomas ton. July 5, 1837. He graduated at Bowdoin College 1858, 
and went to Burlington, Iowa. 1858. where he studied law with his uncle, U. S. Senator 
dames W. Grime.-?. lie was appointed U. S. District Attorney for Montana Territory 
in 1864. This office h^ did not hold but a short time. He moved to Bangor 1S67 and 
went into mercantile business. H*"- delivered the centennial oration at Bamror, July 4, 
18TB, and at Bath 1881. He was Representative to the Legislature 1876-77, and Speaker 
of the House the last year; senator 1878, Mayor of Bangor 1885-86. He is now an 
overseer of Bowdoin College. 

; ^atennial Celebration of the Town of Thomaston. 

This was not the first known visit to our coast. The Northmen 
discovered it in 990. Cabot passed it on his second voyage in 1498. A 
French expedition under Yerrazano, came to it in 1524, as also the 
Spaniard Gomez in 1525 and the Englishman Rut in 1527. Andre 
Thevet, a French scholar of celebrity, in 155G passed up Penobscot Bay 
into a river which was called Norumbega. Martin Pring with two 
vessels also sailed up our bay in 1603 and gave the name to Fox Islands, 
from silver-gray foxes seen on the shore. The Sieur de Monts visited 
our shores in 1603 and actually wintered upon an island in St. Croix 
River, claiming all the territory from Cape Breton Isle to Manhattan, 
called in the patent Acadia. One can almost imagine that Longfellow's 
description of Acadia in Evangeline was taken from the views of this 
hardy discoverer. 

'•This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks 
Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, 
Staud like Druids of old, with voices sad and prophetic, 
Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms. 
Loud from its rocky caverns, the deep-voiced neighboring ocean 
Speaks, and in accents disconsolate answers the wail of the forest." 

But I dwell upon Waymouth's voyage from its connection with this 
old town. For Rosier, the chronicler and probably chaplain of the 
expedition, goes on to state in his narrative that they proceeded for 
better anchorage some two or three leagues among fair islands towards 
the mountains visible on their north, of which he writes : u Within the 
islands grow wood of sundry sorts, some very great and tall, as birch, 
beech, ash, maple, spruce, cherry-tret, yew, oak, very great and good fir 
trees, out of which issueth turpentine so marvellous plenty and so sweet 
as our chirurgeon and others affirmed they never saw so good in Eng- 
land. "We staid longer in this place, not only because of our good har- 
bor (which is an excellent comfort) but because every day we did more 
and more discover the pleasant fruitfulness ; insomuch as many of our 
company wished themselves settled here, not expecting any further 
hopes or better discovery to be made." "On the 22d of May," continues 
Rosier, u we digged a garden, sowed peas and barley and garden seeds 
which in sixteen days grew up eight inches." This took place at the 
mouth of St. George's River, and says Williamson : "These were the 
first fruits of culture on these islands or shores." 

Waymouth then explored a "gallant" river "which trended almost 
mayne land about forty miles." 

Historians had long considered the river here referred to as the 
Penobscot. Mr. McKeen, however, very ingeniously argued that it 
must have been the Kennebec. No hypothesis, however, exactly 

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tallied with the narrative until Capt. Geo. Prince, a native of Thomas, 
ton, read a paper before the Maine Historical Society, which has since 
been quite generally accepted among scholars as correct, in which he 
proved that the St._George was the true river referred to, and that Way- 
mouth landed in this very town. If this be correct, then the first 
knowledge that we have of the foot of the white man being planted on 
the mainland of New England was within the limits of this ancient 
place. This "gallant" river, too, was the first on the continent ever 
explored by Englishmen, and the cross planted by Rosier near the site 
of the Knox Mansion was the occasion of the first Christian prayer 
ever uttered on New England soil from European lips. 

The rude picture of these times is vague and indistinct. But it is 
certain that Monhegan was peopled permanently about 1622. How 
this settlement was formed is obscure, nor does it appear that it was 
under any form of government, consisting only of scattered families 
attracted hither bv the large business in furs, fish and masts — masts fit 
for the largest vessels, and fisheries of one-half greater value than 
those at Newfoundland. The population was upon the islands and 
coasts. Our town was then only forests, the hunting grounds of the 
Wawenock Indians, a branch of the Abenakis. But as earlv as 1626 
Abraham Shurt, agent of the proprietors, claimed jurisdiction and held 
a sort of court at Pemaquid. 

The Council of Plymouth, in 1630, made hasty grants to different 
adventurers. Among them was the celebrated Muscongus Grant to 
Beanchamp and Leverett, comprising the land between the Penobscot 
and Muscongus Rivers and so far north as would make thirty miles 
square — about a million acres, whose north line would lie in the south 
line of the present town of Hampden and thence westward. 

In 1664 Charles II. granted to his brother, the Duke of York, all 
the province between the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers, which was 
organized into the county of Cornwall, with a seat of government at 
Pemaquid, whose paved streets and obscure history have so often been 
an alluring theme for historians. This nominallv included the Sagada- 
hoc and Muscongus districts. But as little mention is made of St. 
George's, it is inferred that the sway of the government over 
this section was merely nominal, and that there was little here beyond 
a trading house and fishing station. 

Upon the death of Beauchamp, Leverett, as surviving partner, 
inherited and left to his son Gov. Leverett the Muscongus Patent. In 
1729, President Leverett, the Governor's grandson and heir, became 
proprietor and planned an extensive settlement. But the magnitude of 

124 Centennial Celebration of the Town of Thomaston. 

this operation being beyond his means, be associated with him first ten 
and afterwards twenty more associates, among whom were Jonathan 
and Cornelius Waldo of Boston, and the heir of Gov. Phips, who for 
his share had given up a supposed airy claim from the Indian Madoka- 
wando, Chief of the Tarratines. For the purpose of protecting invited 
settlers, the company at once erected "two block houses with a covered 
way to the wayside and a large space between, enclosed by palisades." 
More block houses were afterwards added, and thither for fortv years 
did the settlers hurry in times of danger. The site of this fort was 
near that of the Knox mansion, where Waymouth planted his cross, a 
spot thus for the second time made historic. 

The Indians were jealous watchers of this building of forts, and 
were constant in their aggressions. In this they were supported by the 
French, and perhaps had the sympathy of the Jesuit Father Rasle at 
Norridgewock. Castine the younger was also arrested for abetting 
them, but afterwards discharged. But Rasle and the tribe under him 
were relentlessly hunted down and exterminated. 

For several years Fort George and its inhabitants could do little save 
fighting the Indians. Their attacks were fierce and frequent, and 
many exciting stories come down to us, particularly that of the savage 
butchery of Capt. Winslow, a grandson of the Puritan governor, with 
seventeen of his garrison, when absent from the fort on a hunting 

But certain difficulties having arisen in regard to the Muscongus 
Patent, Samuel Waldo, then a young man of thirty-four, was sent to 
England, and adjusted the matter to such satisfaction of the proprietors 
that they bestowed on him one-half the patent. This was set off in 
1762, and he subsequently became proprietor of five-sixths of the 
entire patent, which was thereafter known as the Waldo Patent. Gen. 
Waldo though never a resident upon his property, was a man of enter- 
prise and capacity, with broad and enlightened views as to the manage- 
ment of his vast estates. For the rest of his life he planned and 
executed measures for peopling our town and developing to the utmost 
extent its resources. He established saw-mills and early experimented 
in lime burning, opening the Prison quarry for that purpose. He 
invited immigration with the most liberal promises, and as early as 
1736 had brought to the St. George's river a sturdy population of 
Scotch Irish, to whom many of us here assembled are proud to trace 
our ancestry. Four years later he planted a colony of forty German 
families at Broad Bay, thus forming the nucleus of the present town of 

Centennial Celebration of the Town of Thomaston. 125 

Time forbids a detailed description of these colonies of General 
Waldo, or of the French and Indian wars which took place during this 
period, and in which he served as a British officer. A fine portrait of 
him at full length hangs in the gallery at Bowdoin College, — a tall, 
tiorid, portly man of commanding appearance. He died in what is now 
Brewer, Me., 1759, upon an expedition with Gov. Pownal to establish 
a fortification upon what he supposed to be the northern or eastern 
boundary of his patent. "Withdrawinga few paces, he looked around 
and exclaimed 'Here are my bounds ! ' — and instantly fell dead of 

The prospect of a permanent peace induced, in 1762, a discontinuance 
of the fort garrison and large additions to the population of the town. 
In this vear was built the first framed dwelling house. And for many 
years a quiet prosperity followed, — a larger development of the lime 
and agricultural interests of the vicinity, — and a continued acquisition 
of immigrants of high character, to whom many of our best families 
owe their origin. 

"Happy the people whose aunals are tiresome." And so, though a 
dull story, in its details, some of the most substantial growth of our 
good old town took place between Waldo's death and its incorporation. 
During these years — in 17G7 — Wessaweskeag was first settled by Eliaha 
Snow and John Matthews, followed soon after by Joseph Coombs, 
Richard Keating, John Bridges and Thomas and Jona. Orbeton. The 
place soon became prosperous from its farming, its grist-mill and ship- 
building, though in constant dread of Indian incursions. At that time 
an ancient and noble forest of pines, growing above huge, prostrate, 
mouldering poplars of an earlier growth, extended along the stream and 
the coast, from Owl's Head to the mountains, completely covering the 
present site of Rockland. Scattered settlers, however, soon appeared 
along the coast, which soon took the name of "the Shore." Among 
these early settlers the names of Spear, Crockett, Lindsey, Jameson, 
Tillson, FaJes, Watson and Tolman are prominent. 

Eaton describes with much particularity the costume of a gentleman 
of this period, but gives up in despair the varying dress of the ladies, 
though he recounts the gossip of our grandmothers over the arrival of 
a young bride from Boston with two silk dresses, which when worn to 
a church with only rough board seats and without windows, sadly dam- 
aged her reputation for Christian humility. 

In the Revolution the settlements on the Waldo Patent were intensely 

• Gov. Thomas PowduI's journal in thia magazine, vol. vii, p. 63. — [Editor Magazine. 

126 Centennial Celebration of the Town of Thomaston. 

patriotic. Rigorous measures were taken against tories, even to whip- 
ping. Companies were formed, and a committee of safety appointed. 
Two of our young men were members of the Boston Tea Party. An 
unfortunate attempt was made in 1779, in which a Thomaston company 
was concerned, to dislodge the British at Bagaduce, now Castine. But 
a delay on some trifling question of etiquette between the land and 
naval forces, permitted reinforcement from a British fleet, and com- 
pelled a precipitate retreat of our forces. This British stronghold of 
Bagaduce was a favorite depot for privateers, which preyed upon our 
commerce and the bold captures and brave recaptures of our coasters 

would furnish many a thrilling story, did time allow me linger over the 
records. So many malignant tory refugees used these privateers in 

depredations upon their old neighbors that towards the end of the war 

coasting became almost annihilated, and fishing, except in rivers and 

harbors, almost abandoned. But there is one romantic episode of this 

war that I can not pass by without notice. 

Early in 1780, Gen. Peleg Wads worth, a tried and trusty soldier, 
was assigned to the command of Maine and with a company of volun- 
teers came to this place, making his headquarters in the house on 
Wadsworth street which so long remained a relic of colonial days. 
His vigorous measures against the tory element were of great efficacy 
to the patriots. But the next winter his volunteer force was dismissed, 
probably from straitened finances, and he remai ed at his headquarters, 
with a body guard of but three men. Knowing this, the Commander 
at Bagaduce sent a force of twenty-five men in a privateer to attempt 
his capture. This force, leaving tfieir vessel at anchor in Wessawes- 
keag river stole with such caution to the general's headquarters, that 
they reached them at midnight without detection. It was in the dead of 
winter. All were easily overpowered save the doughty general; but he, 
in a barred room, armed with a brace of pistols, a fusee, and a blun- 
derbuss, fought his assailants gallantly. The blunderbuss routed a first 
assault in the entry. A party breaking in the windows retreated before 
shots from the fusee. A second attack in the entry was repelled by the 
bayonet. At last, however, a shot through his arm compelled a sur- 
render. Dressing him in haste, throwing a blanket over the fractured 
arm, his assailants hurried him without further adventure to Bagaduce. 
This bold capture was a sore discouragement to the patriots. Wads- 
worth and a comrade, Col. Burton, soon after escaped from the Baga- 
duce prison, by cutting through the ceiling and roof, and enduring 
many hardships, wandered through the dense forests of Penobscot 
river and bay, as far as Warren. After the war the old hero was long 

Centennial Celebration of the Town of TJiomaston. 127 

in Congress, and died in 1830 at a ripe old age. His daughter was the 
mother of the Poet Longfellow. 

In 1776 the upper plantation of St. George's was incorporated into 
the town of Warren, so named from the hero of Bunker Hill. But the 
boundaries and the settled minister not satisfying the people of this 
section, petition was soon made for a new town. And accordingly, on 
the 20th of March, 1776, an Act was passed "for disannexing the 
easterly part of the town of Warren in the count} 7 of Lincoln from said 
town and incorporating the same with the easterly part of a plantation 
called St. Georges in said county, into a town by the name of Thomas- 
ton," — that plain, honest, homelike old name that now for a hundred 
years has sounded so pleasantly to our ears, and been treasured so warmly 
in our hearts, and those of our parents and grandparents before us, 
whose precious dust lies in the good town's green and peaceful graves. 
What a wealth of happy associations, and tender ties, and blessed and 
precious memories, does the good old name bring to us all! Yes, and 
there are many of us, who believe that those gone before us, — the 
children in their innocence, — youth in its beauty, — the sainted mothers, 
— the fathers taken away in the vigor of their manhood, — and the aged 
patriarchs who went in the fullness of their years and honors, — are 
to-day hovering over us with approving looks as we come to honor the 
green old age of the town that gave us birth ! Is it not well for us to 
celebrate its centennial birthday, — to come like dutiful children to the 
home of a benign mother, and with reverent and grateful hearts render 
thanks to the Great Ruler of Nations for the general thrift and pros- 
perity and happiness vouchsafed us for all these years? 

The name of the town was given in honor of Major-General John 
Thomas, who was sent by Congress to take command of Montgomery 
and" Arnold's ill-starred army in Canada, where he died in 1776, soon 
after his arrival. We repudiate the argument which would trace the 
name to a less pure and honorable source than "this beloved son of 
liberty, whose remains are resting on the frontier of our country, in an 
unrecorded grave." 

From the close of the Revolution until 1705 the town enjoyed a 
quiet and unostentatious prosperity. New settlers of high character 
gradually occupied different parts of the town, and by slow degrees the 
ravages of war were repaired. Lime burning, no longer a monopoly of 
the patentees, was largely and profitably carried on. The most exciting 
episode of this period was a great revival, under the ministrations of 
Elder Case, one of the Baptist pioneers of the State, who, coming here 
early in 1784, and finding but one of his faith, was able soon to form a 

128 Centennial Celebration of the Town of Thomaston. 

church of near fifty members, the first church formed in the town, and 
and with one exception the first Baptist church in the State. Services 
were held in barns during the summers and in dwelling houses in winter. 
The first meeting-house — that on the hill east of Mill river, — was not 
erected until 1796. 

Up to this time the greater part of the town was covered with a heavy 
growth of timber, with here and there straggling clearings, having low, 
unpainted houses, mostly built of logs. The roads were hardly passable 
for wheeled vehicles. Beech-Woods was a heavy growth of beech, from 
which was a dense forest down to Main street. South Thomaston was 
the largest settlement, while Rockland was not even a village, being 
reached onlv bv private wav leading: from the Camden road. 

The year 1795 is memorable in our history from the settling here of 
our most illustrious citizen. The annals of our Revolution present no 
nobler, truer, or more unselfish a hero than Henry Knox.* It has been 
his conspicuous honor in history that he was the trusted friend and 
counsellor of Washington. Irving gives a picture at the camp at 
Morristown of Washington with his three faithful generals, Green, 
Sullivan, "and brave, genial, generous Knox never so happy as when 
by his side." After the Farewell Address it was Knox who moved the 
resolution of thanks. He was also the first to receive the farewell 
embrace. It was he to whom Washington offered the portfolio of the 
department of war. 

And well did Knox merit this entire trust of his commauder. For 
from the time when Washington needed artillery and ordnance stores 
and a young man of twenty-five years, "Mr. Henry Knox," says Irving, 
"stepped forward and offered to proceed to the frontier forts on 
Champlain in quest of a supply," till the end of the war, the govern- 
ment never had a more able and unswerving support. He was early 
put in command of the artillery, and "those guns," says Headlev, "he 
never left, but kept thundering on the enemies of freedom till success 
crowned our efforts." 

His mind was active, ardent, imaginative, and his language corres- 
ponded. He could never abandon his soldier-like air. He was large 
in person, weighing more than Washington, inclined to corpulency, 
with a full, kind face, showing an open and generous nature. He had 
the lungs of a Stentor, and tradition says that his voice sounded above 
the musketry at the battle of Trenton. 

By right of his wife, by purchase, and perhaps by a little diplomacy, 
Knox became the sole proprietor of the unalienated parts of the Waldo 

* Ante vol. v, page 121-164. 

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Patent. It could not have fallen into better hands for the growth of 
our town. 

Upon the site of the old fortress, at the point where Way mouth 
planted his cross, — a spot now for the third time made historic, — he 
reared a stately mansion, whose growth among our primeval forests 
seemed to the humble villagers like the dazzling magnificence of an 
oriental tale. A grand chateau, with three lofty stories, surmounted by 
a fourth, central and cupola-like, in the roof, rose like the palaces of 
Aladdin. There was no seat of such elegance in all the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts. Around it were balconies and piazzas, costly 
grounds, lawns, Orchards, arbors. A magnificent carved gateway pro- 
tected the entrance to the grounds. A broad avenue was opened to the 
house of his son. through the dense woods. Behind the chateau rose 
the wild forests, with here and there skillfully planned openings, and in 
front was a view of ten miles of the river and its sombre evergreen 
banks. On either hand were two wings of buildings, forming with the 
mansion a crescent or the segment of a circle, nine houses in each wing. 
Mrs. Knox, on her first sight of this fairy creation when coming up the 
river, entranced at its beauty, gave it the name of Montpelier. 

And in these baronial halls Gen. Knox lived and dispensed hospitality 
like a prince of the middle ages. It is said that a hundred beds were 
made, and an ox and twenty sheep often slaughtered within a week. 
Twenty saddle horses were kept for the entertainment of his guests. 
Many famous people, including Talleyrand and Louis Philippe, came to 
visit him. The warm-hearted proprietor even invited his predecessors, 
the whole tribe of the Tarratines, who feasted upon his bounty so long 
that he was forced to tell them, "We have had a good visit, and now 
you had better go home." 

While Gen. Knox won high popularity by his affable manners, his 
ready counsel and liberality to the town, and his generous hospitality, 
not only to tiie rich and influential, but also to poor missionaries, 
wandering exiles and penniless adventurers, Madam Knox never won 
the affections of the townspeople. It is said she never but once made 
a visit here. Her manners were excessively reserved and haughty. 
Her pleasure was lo entice Boston friends to make long visits to the 
mansion in summer, and to give the winters to the gayety and fashion 
of that city. It was long remembered as a piece of vandalism against 
her, that in the absence of the general, and much to his mortification, 
disliking the view from her windows of such suggestions of death, she 
caused to be destroyed the humble, ancient graves of the pioneers to 
this frontier post in the wilderness. Yet Washington and his wife 

130 Centennial Celebration of the Town of Thomaston. 

esteemed her as a woman of rich intellectual endowments, and great 
elegance of manners and taste, and the patriot will not forget that, 
though the daughter of an eminent tory magnate, she yet almost clan- 
destinely married this unknown bookseller, at once joined with him the 
troops of the colonies, concealing his sword by sewing it in the lining of 
her mantle, and was ever his firm support and companion in the darkest 

Gen. Knox at once commenced business operations in the same grand 
way that he dispensed his hospitality. He entered largely into the 
manufacture of bricks. He erected a spacious store, and carried on a 
large mercantile business. He vigorously prosecuted the burning and 
selling of lime. He cultivated farms. lie built saw-mills and carried 
on logging operations up the river. He erected locks, and improved 
the navigation of ' the St. Georges river. He sought to introduce 
improved cattle and sheep at Brigadier Island. He engaged in ship- 
building and employed coasters extensively. He even attempted filling 
our forests with quail. 

These various branches of industry entered upon with all ardor and 
enthusiasm stimulated activity in every direction, and not only brought 
skilled artisans in every vocation, who furn ished a permanent increase 
to our population, but also enabled the old residents, by opportunities 
for lucrative employment, and enhanced value of their property, to rally 
entirely from the impoverishment caused by the war. 

I cannot dwell longer upon this noble figure in our town's annals. 
He died suddenly, in 1806, — a great and good man and a powerful help 
to our moral and material growth. Certainly on the 4th of July every 
loyal heart in this audience will beat quicker and prouder at the thought 
of the life and memory of Henry Knox. 

The extravagant and often chimerical plans of Gen. Knox involved 
an outlay far beyond his means. His estate, after eight years of litiga- 
tion, was proven insolvent. The stately mansion rapidly fell to decay. 
In 1823, the fences, gates and outbuildings were dilapidated wrecks, 
and the piazzas, colonnades and balconies so ruinous as to force their 
removal. Fifteen years later, Mr. Holmes sought to restore to the place 
a portion of its former beauty, but preserved everything in its unchanged 
order, not suffering a tapestry within, or a rose-bush or tree without, to 
be disturbed. At last, in 1854, when the last tenant of the Knox line 
had died, after little by little having been shorn of its fair proportions, 
the estate passed into the hands of strangers, and its glory vanished 
like a castle in Spain. 

All the enterprises inaugurated by Gen. Knox received a staggering 

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blow at his death. And indeed, it may be questioned, from his ex- 
ample, whether a community dependent upon the imperious will of a 
single man, could ever achieve a solid prosperity. He overshadowed 
everything so much that but few sought independent channels of 
industry, while most were content to do his bidding and remain in his 
employ. It is perhaps fortunate for our New England civilization that 
it began in the humblest poverty rather than under such a protectorate 
and proprietorship as that of which we have been speaking. 

I can only give a passing glance at the w T ar of 1812. Our good town 
was not deficient in loyalty, and manfully endured its burdens. These 
burdens were very grievous. Business being largely dependent upon 
the coastwise trade with Boston, was paralyzed by the continuous 
presence of a fleet of British privateers along our harbors. Many deeds 
of gallant exploit are recorded but the possession of Castine made the 
capture of prizes from us so easy as in time to prevent all commercial 
ventures. Added to this was the constant dread of hostile incursions 
upon isolated dwellings, though happily these fears were seldom 
realized. The peace of 1815 was heralded with joy. 

From this time forward the progress of the town in commerce and 
manufactures seems to have been assured and rapid. The population 
increased from 801 in 1700 to 3,700, in 1828. Up to 1820 the annals 
Bhow the struggles of hardy pioneers against all the adverse surround- 
ings that attend the founding of new communities, against poverty and 
war, against wild beasts and Indians, against all the dangers and priva- 
tions of frontier life. But their heroism was undaunted and their 
victory signal. 

Nothing could show better the more prosperous condition of the 
people than these annals, which change from this time to a record of 
increased religious privileges, and more commodious houses of worship 
— of the formation of enduring social, sacred and literary associa- 
tions, — of the establishment of newspapers, of more ambitious celebra- 
tions of public holidays, and of all those things which tell of advance 
in culture and refinement. Especially was there a deeper interest in 
political questions, which led to a double and partisan celebration of 
the 4th of July in 1823. For this culture and higher tone in our social 
life we are much indebted to Greenville Mellen, the gifted Maine poet, 
Rev. John H. Ingraham, long prominent in religious affairs, and John 
Ruggles, for years a leader of renown in our local, state and national 

• And for many years afterward did the social growth of the town 
keep abreast with the spread of trade and commerce and the increase 

132 Centennial Celebration of the Town of Thomaston. 

of wealth. Men prospered, and their families reaped the benefits of 
this prosperity in all the comforts of life. There are many here present 
who will remember well this period prior to 1838, and the general hap- 
piness and harmony that existed in all the villages of the town. 
Religion gained a stronger foothold ; temperance was vanquishing its 
arch enemy ; and in general the town held a comfortable and cultivated 
community of the best New England type. Thomaston had at that 
time an array of the most brilliant legal talent, including Judge, and 
afterwards Senator Ruggles, and his younger compeers and rivals, 
Lucius H. Chandler, Jonathan Cilley, and the gifted and lamented Wil- 
liam J. Farley. The political conflicts of these men were of the most 
heated and often acrimonious character. 

In 1838 John Holmes took up his residence in Thomaston at the 
Knox mansion, having married Mrs. Swan, the general's second 
daughter. The elder daughter married Judge Thatcher, from which 
union sprang that distinguished naval officer Admiral Thatcher. 
Holmes was at this time sixtv-five vears of a<>e, and a man of sjreat 
celebrity, both at the bar and in both houses of the national Congress 
where he had served the state many years. He was distinguished for 
prompt discernment of a tine point, and for turning his adversary's 
argument to his own advantage by his ready wit and quickness at 
at repartee. John Tyler in the Senate once alluding to Randolph's 
satirical designation of certain politicians undor the name of "James 
Madison, Felix Grundy, John Holmes and the Devil," inquired of 
Holmes what had been the fate of that famous firm. Quick as a flash 
he answered : "Mr. Speaker, I will tell the gentleman what has 
become of that firm : — the first member is dead, the second has gone 
into retirement, and the last has gone to the nullifiers and is now 
electioneering among the gentleman's constituents, and thus the part- 
nership is legally dissolved." Mr. Tyler did not further pursue the 

In 1836, after several years service in the State Legislature, part of 
the time as Speaker of the House, Jonathan Cilley was chosen after a 
hard fought contest, a Representative to Congress. He was at this 
time about thirtv-four vears old, a verv handsome man, (so I g;lean from 
the testimony of Hawthorne, his college classmate, who visited him at 
his home,) with an impending brow, and beneath deep-set black eyes. 
Of intense enegy and pronounced view3, he made some bitter enemies, 
but drew around him very many devoted friends who foretold of him a 
high position in his new career. This position he at once took, beariug 
himself with great talent and the utmost boldness and fearlessness. In 

Centennial Celebration of the Town of Tliomaston. 133 



the midst of these high hopes the nation was startled by the news that 
he had fallen in a duel. The excitement in Thomaston was intense. 
Friend and foe joined alike iD the general mourning, and in the warmest 
tributes to his worth. "Aud after all," says Hawthorne, ik he was 
slain for an almost impalpable punctilio." He had criticised on the 
floor of Congress the action of James Watson Webb, a New York 
editor. A challenge from Webb followed, borne by Wm. J. Graves, 
a Congressman from Kentucky. This challenge Mr. Cillev refused to 
receive, declining to hold aoy controversy for words spoken in debate, 
with a uewspaper editor ; but disclaiming any reflection whatever upon 
the bearer of the challenge. Graves, however, demanded categorically 
whether Cillev '•'declined to receive his communication on the ground of 
any exception to Webb as a gentleman." Mr. Cillev refused to yield 
or modify his previous answer, and a challenge from Graves w T as 
received at the hands of Henrv A. Wise, the real assassin, who had 
before sought to force Mr. Cilley into a duel with himself. It was 
believed at that time that a cabal had been formed to crush Mr. Cilley's 
growing power at all hazards. The challenge was accepted and our 
state lost one of its brightest ornaments. Not long after his antagonist 
followed him to the grave, full of remorse lor his deed. 

It is easy here in our Puritan New r England to criticise and lament 
Cilley's untimely fall. But it must be remembered that he was an 
ardent young man, with a keen and jealous sense of honor, and sprung 
from a New Hampshire family of great personal bravery and chivalry 
his grandfather having been a famous hero in the Revolution, and his 
brother a gallant officer at Lundy's Lane, bearing in his old age to-day 
painful wounds received in that battle. Cilley, himself, regarded it as 
a conspiracy to destroy him as a public man, and said on the morning 
of the encounter : k 'New England must not be trampled on, and I go to 
this field by as high a motive of patriotism as ever led my grandfather 
or my brother to battle; as an unhappy duty not to be shrunk from, 
to my honor, my principles and my country." He died a martyr to the 
right of free speech. 

Edward Robinson of this town, afterwards Whig candidate for Gov- 
ernor, was chosen to fill the vacancy in Congress, receiving the nomina- 
tion over the brilliant Mr. Farlev, who keenlv felt his defeat, and the 
next year followed, a broken man, his recently lost wife and children to 
the grave. 

I come now to a period within the memory of a large portion of those 
here present, and to a time when the records of the town, though of 
much interest to the individuals concerned, possess little of attraction 

134 Centennial Celebration of the Town of Thomaston. 

to the general hearer. All things were established on a secure basis, — 
the great interests of education — temperance — religion were recognized 
and made a part of the daily life of the people. The immense interests 
of ship-building and lime manufacture fell into the hands of men of 
broad views and liberal purposes, and gained rapid and substantial 
growth and development. Wealth and population increased apace. 
The good old town of Thomaston of our ancestors became^ too large and 
unwieldy for their children, and so lost its individuality and strength 
by being; divided into three towns, Thomaston, South Thomaston and 

%r CI? 

East Thomaston. The youngest of these has outstripped its parents in 
the race, and even abandoned its time-honored name, assuming in 1850 
the name of Rockland and four years later becoming a city. 

I might attempt to speak at length of the progress of the three 
towns since the division. 1 might try to draw a picture of Knott 
Crockett, Rockland's first mayor, and so long its eminent citizen. I 
might give an account of Thomaston's prince of shipbuilders, Edward 
O'Brien, and the large fleet of palatial ships with which he and his fel- 
lows have carried our name all over the ocean. I might allude to the 
great lawyer of our own day, whose power at the bar has rarely been 
equaled in the state. J might bring to your memories your pastors of 
many years, Richard Woodhull, Job Washburn and Oliver J. Fernald. 
I might argue from the services of Jonathan Cilley's son, our Adjutant 

General, that 

"Freedom's battle, once begun, 
Bequeathed from bleeding sire to son, 
Though baffled oft. is ever won." 

But in all these matters there are few of my hearers who have not 
greater and more accurate knowledge than I possess. 

For the same reason I refrain from an extended and detailed review 
of the part taken by our towns in the great war of the Rebellion. 
Every town did its duty nobly and well. Every family testified its loy- 
alty, and with heroic devotion to the cause, endured its sacrifices with- 
out murmur. In common with all cur glorious country proof was given 
that when free institutions fall into peril, any call can be made upon 
the patriotism of the people to rally without stint of blood or treasure 
their rescue. 

The omission would be noticed, however if a word of tribute were 
not given on such an occasion as this to the memory of Hiram G. Berry. 
Going to the war as Colonel of the Fourth Maine Regiment, he speedily 
rose by gallantry in the field to the rank of Major General, He par- 
ticipated in all the fierce conflicts on the Chickahominy, gaining high 
honor, and the soubriquet of "the hero of Williamsburg." And he fell 

Centennial Celebration of the Toivn of Thomaston. 135 

fighting at Cbanceilorsville, after an irresistible charge, in which his 

brave troops regained at the point of the bayonet lost ground of the 

first importance in the battle. Thus did Maine offer one of her most 

costly sacrifices on the altar of human liberty. 

I have thus sought to trace from its earliest, feeble beginnings the 

progress of this ancient town. I have given, of course, but the outlines 

of its history. And certainly no town, not even old Plymouth, has a 

history of more dramatic and fascinating allurements. I should have 

liked to trace the connection of this region with Popham's ill fated 

colonv at Sagadahoc, with the shadowv walled and paved city at Pema- 

quid, with Baron Castine and the Tarratine tribes, and with the Jesuit 

martyr Father Rasle. I should have liked to trace the line of the 

sterling old families that have given the town its solid value. I should 

have liked to dwell at greater length on the founders of Rockland 

and South Thomaston. and to linger over the names of David Fales, 

John Paine, Dr. Ezekiel G. Dodge, John Gleason, Elden Snow, Major 

Wheaton, Hezekiah Prince, Atwood Levensaler, and manv others, 

But these things would have caused too long a trespass upon your 
patience. Nor L> it necessary : fur the curious inquirer will find the 
story of our town told in the ''Annals of Warren" and "'History 
of Thomaston," the labor of Cyrus Eatou, who died at Warren in 
1875, in his ninety-first year. I cheerfully acknowledge that mv 
information has been chietly derived from these works. They are his 
enduring monument. There is something inexpressibly touching and 
beautiful in the spectacle of this aged man, totally blind like Homer 
and Milton, having as his amanuensis onl} T a daughter who was an 
almost helpless invalid, solacing his declining years in making up these 
clear and exhaustive records. It is fitting to recall to mind thi3 man, 
who onlv asked as bis reward that his "unpretending volumes might find 
favor in your happy homes and those of your descendants, long after 
the hand which had toiled, and the brain which had wearied in the com- 
pilation should have been laid to rest." 

Fellow citizens : I cannot close this address without some allusion to 
the great day on which we hold our celebration. It was only a year 
ago that with booming of cannon, with merry ringing of bells, and all 
the pomp and pageantry of jubilant loyalty, we celebrated the centen- 
nial birthday of the great government under which we live, — and its 
stupendous growth from thirteen feeble colonies, scattered along the 
seaboard, to a mighty nation, stretching from ocean to ocean, with a 
population multiplied tenfold, and over every square inch of whose 
boundless domain every man was free and equal under the law, and at 

136 Centennial Celebration of the Town of Thomaston. 

liberty to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience. 

The grand experiment, first tried on this side the ocean, of making 
every man whatever his race or color, whether foreign or native, rich or 
poor, white or black, a responsible factor in the problem of govern- 
ment, had by its hundred years of success challenged the admiration of 
mankind. And all our old-time enemies, even to advocates of monarchi- 
cal systems, who had prophesied only evil at our feeble beginnings. 
were the readiest to recognize the triumph of free principles of benign 
influence in the elevation of humanity all over the world. Foreign 
nations joined with us in friendly rivalry in the great exposition of our 
national growth. 

The birth of your town is coeval with the birth of this great govern- 
ment whose shield has been your protection and defense, — to whose 
stability you are indebted for whatever of prosperity and happiness you 
to-day enjoy. The growth of this government has been your growth 
and advancement. Your history has been its history in epitome. This 
town has been our country in a microcosm. It was your great soldier, 
the trusted friend of Washington, who made one of the most conspicu- 
ous central figures in the great drama of the Eevolution. It was your 
statesman who first resisted the arrogance which was the natural fruit 
of chatted slavery, and fell as a martyr to the right of free speech on 
the floors of Congress. Again in our generation it was your general 
that offered up his life in the heroic struggle to save this government of 
our fathers from the ruin of a civil war. Where liberty has suffered, 
you have suffered. And where liberty has triumphed, there in the 
growth of manufactures and commerce, the giant arms which environ 
and strengthen our national glory, — in the thrift and happiness of 
a life of absolute social and religious independence, you have triumphed 

And now alike as citizens of a town which has enjoyed more than 
the common meed of prosperity, and as citizens of a great republic 
which has vindicated in its career the wisdom and truth of free institu- 
tions, we stand upon the threshold of a new century. 

Let us remember that this hallowed birthday of our nation, whose 
annual return we celebrate with jubilant iips and swelling hearts, has 
its value only as commemorating the adoption into our national polity 
of the principles of the Declaration of. Independence. It is as we have 
followed these principles that we have achieved national glory. It is as 
we have departed from them that we have suffered national humiliation 
and sorrow. 

Men die and their works with them. Thus have passed away, as 

Dr. William Ckaloner. 137 

hardly less transitory than Waymouth's cross, its successors upon the 
same historic spot, the block-houses of Fort St. George, and the stately 
mansion of Gen. Knox. Eyen the parchment of the Declaration of 
Independence has become dimmed and illegible with the lapse of years. 
But principles neyer die nor grow old ; and so running all through our 
history, like the arteries that £jive to the human body its beauty and 
health aud vigor — sustaining the revolutionists in their poverty ; in 
repeated disasters, snd the rigor of winter quarters ; — animating the 
infant republic to take up arms a second time to resist the first 
encroachment on their newborn freedom : — quiet, like a sleeping lion, 
in the peaceful, palmy days of the early union ; — vindicated, triumph- 
ant of a civil war ; — the hope and sheet anchor of our children for the 
future ; — fresh and life-giving to-day as when the bell on Independence 
Hall proclaimed them to the world and the inhabitants thereof ; — are 
these grand, simple truths of those sturdy old colonists of seventy-six 
that "all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with 
certain unalienable rights; that anions: these are life, liberty, and the 
pursuit of happiness ; and that to secure these rights governments are 
instituted among meu, deriving their just powers from the consent of 
the governed." 

And as we go forth to the good or ill that awaits us down the new 
century, God grant both our town and nation that those immortal 
principles, so sure and steadfast a guide in the years past, may be our 
safe guard and bulwark immovable in the years to come. 


Son of John and Martha (Church) Chaloner of Newport, R. I. ; 
baptized July 17, 1749; married Mary Dillaway in Machias, 
Sept. 6, 1774. He died 1802. Children : 

i. William, b. July 7. 1775; m. Mary Prescott, April 30; m. second, 
Louisa H. Foster, grandaughter of Col. Benjamin Julv 15. 1S00. 
They lived Lubec. He d. Sept. 16, 1868. She d. Jan. 30, 1873, 
aged S3. Children. 

ii. Eben , m. Betsy Hill. 

iii. Ei.isha D. b. ; m. Lvdia Gooch, June 28. 1S03. He d. May 27, 

1S17, aged 30. She d. June 10. 1846, aged 66. 

iv. John. b. Mar. 12. 1788; m. Susan Scott Aug. 4, 1811. Ten children. 

v. Benjamin C. b. May 7. 1790; m. Anne Fairchild. Six children. 

vi. Eliza b. Aug. 29. 17S5; in. Peter Talbot. Jr., Sept. 28, 1813. She d. 
1831. He d. July 21, 1875. Five children. 

138 Roger Plaisted, of Kittery. 


Tradition says he came from Boston to Kittery, that part now 
Berwick, about 1654. He witnessed a deed there Feb. 20, 1654. 
"Joseph Angier at present in Kittery, Oct. 15, 1655, promised 

to pay Roger Plaisted £42 before September,* 1656." He was 
an Associate from 1664 up to his death. Representative to the 
General Court 1663 and three years after, f 

Roger Phrysted made complaint of great injury done him by 
the "Rode Ylanders," who through misinformation of His 
Majesty's Commissioners have gotten possession of his lands at 
Newichawanock and many of his cattle which they still detain from 
him to his great prejudice. 

In July 16, 1669, after the Province of Massachusetts Bay had 
concluded to annex the Province of Maine, commissioners were 
sent to York County who called upon the "Associates" to take 
the oath of allegiance to Massachusetts. Mr. Plaisted, an Asso- 
ciate from Kittery, said that he was sent by his town to meet 
the commissioners and he wanted to know "by what right the 
government of Massachusetts Bay claimed to govern Maine and 
were thev to submit to it, that he mi^ht render himself faithful 
to those that sent him." 

April 18, 1671, he and his wife Olive sold George and John 
Broughton three acres of land on Salmon Falls river, near Salmon 
Falls, for eight thousand feet of pine boards. The deed was 
witnessed by James Plaisted. 

Oct. 16, 1675, the Indians attacked Kitterv. On the morning 

of that dav Ro^er Plaisted and Geonre Broughton wrote a letter 

to Richard Coffin and others at Dover, N. H., giving notice that 

the Indians were then attacking the place with one hundred men 

and had already killed four men, and added further : 

"Sirs: — If ever you have any love for us and the country now 
show yourselves with men to help us, or else we are all in great 
danger to be slain unless our God wonderfully appears for our 
deliverance. They that cannot fightlet them pray. Nothing else 
but rest yours to serve. 

Roger Plaisted. 

George Broughton." 

* York Deeds, vol. i, page 57-50. 

t For other references see Mather's Magnolia, vol. 2, page 509; New Hamp- 
shire Historical Society's Collections, vol. 3; Maine do, vol. 3, page 6'J, and Ne r -v Eng- 
land Historical Genealogical Register, 1874, page 160. 

Roger Plaisted, of Kittery, 139 

Immediately after Plaisted went into the fight, and although 
urged again and again to fly refused to do so, and fought on with 
desperate courage until overcome and killed by the Indians. His 
oldest son was also killed and another son badly wounded and 
died soon after. There was a gravestone* near the road in 
Berwick on the land which was Plaisted's near where the battle 
was fought, upon which was the following inscription: "Here 
lies interred the body of Samuel Plaisted, Esquire, who departed 
this life March 20, 1731-2, JE 36 ; near this place lies buried the 
body of Roger Plaisted who was killed by the Indians, Oct. 16, 
1675, oE 48 ; also the body of his son, Mr. Roger Plaisted, Jr., 
who was killed at the same time." 

Roger Plaisted, Senior, was a brave and trusty soldier, 
a man of the greatest influence in the Province. I know of no 
early settler who has more distinguished descendants than he ; 
Governors, U. S. Senators, Representatives to Congress, Judges 
of the Supreme Judicial Court and one Chief Justice and I think 
a Judire of the Supreme Court of the United States. The names 
of his descendants who have been in the Maine Legislature are a 
legion. Widow Olive Plaisted and her eldest son William and 
son James were appointed administrators on the estate Nov. 30, 
1675. The inventory was £567, 15s. 

Olive Plaisted, widow, administratrix, and William and James 
Plaisted, administrators, of the estate of her late husband, Roger 
Plaisted, and their father, settled all accounts with Eliakim and 
William Hutchinson from the beginning of the world up to 
August 17, 1676.** 

Articles of agreement Sept. 16, 1682, between Olive Wincoll,| 
William Plaisted, James Plaisted, John Plaisted, Elisha Plaisted, 
Ichabod Plaisted, Elizabeth Plaisted and Mehetable Plaisted con- 
cerning the estate left unto them by the late Mr. Roger Plaisted 
of Kittery, deceased husband to said Olive and father to the said 
Plaisteds, which estate lies part of it in the Province of Maine 
and the rest in the Colony of Connecticut.}: 

* Sullivan's History of Maine. 1795, page 250. 
** York Record*, vol. 3, folio 13-14. 

t Subsequently to this time the widow Olive had married second John Wincoll, Sen. 
J York Records, vol. 8, page 132, and Maine Gen. and Hist. Recorder, vol. 3, page 275. 

140 Roger ^Plaisted, of Kittery. 

December 2, 1696, John Plaisted of Portsmouth, sold Benoni 
Hodsdon of the Province of Maine, land in Kittery which was 
granted by the town to John Wincoll, Dec. 16, 1652, and run out 
Dec. 16, 1654, which tract was sold to my honored father, Roger 
Plaisted, July 13, 1660, and by myself purchased of my sister, 
Elizabeth Plaisted, July 6, 1693 ; also land granted to my father 
by the town of Kittery, Dec. 13, 1669.* Children : 

i. Koger, Jr., of Kittery; m. Hannah Furber, 16G9. He was killed by 
by the Indians, Oct. 16. 1675. Children : 

1. Frances, m. Daniel 3 Simpson of York. He d. Oct. 5, 1747 ; 

she d. Oct. 11. 1747; nine children. 

2. Lieut. Roger Plaisted in Berwick, 1719-30. Appraiser of 

estate of Timothy Wenthworth. 7. July 1719. Whose son 
was he? of Roger, Jr.. Elisha or William? 

ii. William-, nest oldest to Roger 3 . In a letter written by Joshua 
Moody printed in Mass. His. >Soc. Col., series 4, vol. viii, page 302, 
it is shown that he had been married four or live years before Sept. 
2, 1683, when his wife gave birth to her first child at Kittery. 

iii. James , of Kittery. 

iv. Jonx , of Portsmouth. 

v. Elisha of Portsmouth, N. H. Mariner. He married Elisabeth 

Harvey. He d. in 1690, His will Oct. 26. proved Dec. 6, 1690, was 
probated in Bosron. appoints wife, Elisabeth, executrix gives her 
100 acres of laud in Xewiehawanock, in Piscataqua river, one 
horse, one cow, part of the ship "Friends,"* debenture, 200 gals, of 
rum, 200 weight of cotton wool, lot of molasses, a parcel of joiner's 
tools, all of which being on board said ship, also what wages may 
be due to me on account of this voyage from Barbadoes this first of 
October, 1090, with what buildings and household goods which may 
belong to me. wearing clothes to be equally distributed among 
''Brethren.'* Mrs. Plaisted, executrix, sold John Plaisted Sen., 
merchant of Portsmouth, land in Kittery for £40, July 17, 16934 

vi. Ichabod , of Portsmouth 

vii. Elisabeth 

viii. Mehetable . m. Thomas Goodwin before 1690, when she was 

captured by the Indians at Berwick 18th of March and carried to 
Canada and kept a prisoner until Oct., 1695. Children : 

1. Thomas Goodwin. Jr.. b. 29. May 1697; m. Hannah Weils. 

2. Ichabod Goodwin, b. June 1. 1700, (His grandson. Dr. James 

S. Goodwin, d. in Portland about 1SS-3.) numerous descen- 

James 2 Plaisted, son of Roger, Senior, settled in York. He 
married first Lydia, daughter of Richard and Lueretia (Williams) 
Hitchcock of Saco. She died 1689-90. He married second 
Mrs ; Mary Hull, § widow of Phineas Hull and daughter of Edward 
and Susannah Rishworth, 1695. She was born in York, Jan. 8, 
1660. James Plaisted was Town Clerk of York in 1699, and he 

• York Deeds, vol. vi, nage 156. 
X York Deeds, vol. v. page 88. 

t N. E. His. and Gen. Krister, Vol. 25, page 289, also siege of Fort Royal, page 58. 
§ She married first John Savward of York, about 16«0. She married second Phineas 
Hull of York and Saco, Feb. 25, 1691? 

Roger Plaisted, of Kittery. 141 

recorded the Dames of his children aDd of his wife's children by 

Sayward previous to that date. 

i. Mary Sayward, b. April 4, 1681. 

ii. Susannah or Sarah Sayward. b. 9, May 1GS3. 

iii. Esther Sayward, b. 7, March 16S5. 

iv. Hannah Sayward, b. June 21, 1687. 

v. John Sayward, b. Jan. 2. 1690. 

vi. Lydia Plaisted, b. Jan. 4. 1696. 

vii. Olive Plaisted, b. May 1, 1698. She m. first Samuel Jordan of 
Biddeford, 1718. He d. 1743: and she m. second Rev. Thomas 
Smith of Portland, Jan. 3, 1744. She d. Jan. 3, 1763. Her son 
Samuel Jordan. Jr., b. 1729; graduated Harvard College 1750, was 
the father of Mele:iah Jordan one of the tirst settlers in Ellsworth, 
who vyas grandfather of Chief Justice John A. Peters of Bangor. 

viii. Joseph Plaisted. was b. about 1700. He lived in York. He m. 
Mary, daughter of Abraham Preble, Jr. He d. prior to 1753. In 
the widow's will Nov. 10. 1752. proved May 15. 1753. She gives her 
son John her thirds of estate of her late husband Joseph Plaisted of 
York. Children : 

1. John , named in her will. 

2. Sarah , married Swett. 

3. Joseph, perhaps, -'Joseph Plaisted'* was published to Mary 
Craige both of York, July 23, 1794. 

John 2 Plaisted of Roger 1 Plaisted, Sen., settled in Ports- 
mouth, X. II., about 1679. He was member ot* Assembly, 1693 
to 1727 ; Speaker 1696-1717-1727 ; Chief Justice Supreme Court 
of N. H., 1719 ; member of Royal Commissioners 1702 to 1716, 
and Deputy Survey of the King's Woods. He was a most dis- 
tinguished man. He married Mary, daughter of John and Mary 
(Stanyan) Pickering of Portsmouth. 

John Pickering in his will names son-in-law John Plaisted and 
grandsons Elisha and James Plaisted. Children probably not in 

order : 

i. Jonx Jr., b. Jan. 9,1683; m. Jane Pemberton of Boston, Oct. 15, 
1707; the daughter of Thomas, b. IS March. 1086. He d. Oct. 12, 
1712, aged 20. Gravestoue in Portsmouth. 

ii. Joshua, b. 20. Sept. 1685. 

iii. Mart, b. 2 f J. March 1GS7; m. Capt. Thomas Phipps. Did he graduate 
Harvard College? 

iv. Elisha of Berwick and Scarboro. 

v. James of Berwick, probably m. Sarah, daughter of Rev. Jere- 
miah Wise of that town. Mr. Wise in his will, Jan. 17, 175G, gives 
daughter Sarah Plaisted £150. Mrs. Wise in her will, Xov. 1. 1747-3, 
names daughter. Sarah Plaisted, son-in-law, James Plaisted, gran- 
daughter Abigail Plaisted. "Dame Sarah Plaisted petitioned the X. 
H. Assembly, Aug. JO, 1731, as aduiinstratrix of estate of Rev. Mr. 
Natb. Rogers.'' 

vi. Mehetable . m. Capt. Timothy Gerrish. his first wife. John 

Pickering in his will. June 21. 1721, names grandaughter Meheta- 
ble, then deceased, and her son then living with his grandfather 

Ichabod 2 Plaisted of Roger Plaisted, Sen., born 1663, of 

142 Roger Plaisted, of Kittery. 

Portsmouth prior to 1700, when he moved to Berwick. 

The Council of New Hampshire met at Portsmouth, Oct. 15, 
1697, and voted to send Capt. Ichabod Plaisted to New York "to 
congratulate the arrival of my Lord Bellamont," a duty which he 
performed and was paid for.* He was a Councillor of the 
Province of Maine some years ; several years Judge of Court of 
Common Pleas. Williamson's History! says : "No other name 
of his time in the Province of Maine was more distinguished in 
military matters and the service of the Province." 

He married Mary, youngest daughter of Christopher Jose of 
Portsmouth, Jan. 5, 1692-3. He died Nov. 16, 1715, in his 
fifty-second year. His widow is said to have married a Mr. 
Brown of Salem, Mass. Children : 

i. Samuel, b. 10. June. 169G; grad. Harvard College, 1715; d. March 20, 
1731. aged 3G. Gravestone was at Berwick. He m. Hannah Went- 
worth, Aug. 4. 1717. She in. 2d, Theodore Atkinson, Sept. 4, 17:52. 

ii. Col. Ichabod, b. 21 July. 1700; m. Sarah Brown, 1720. He d. at 
Salem. Mass, 9. Dec, 1762, and *-\vas buried under arms." 

1. Mary, 4 b. Salem ; baptised 28, Dec. 1721 ; m. Joshua Sherburne. 

2. Ichabod," 1 baptised 10. March. 172S ; m. Eunice, of Benjamin 

Brown of Salem. They had children, Lchabod, 5 } baptised, 
Salem. June 20, 1752. and Benjamin Brown 5 baptised do., May 
19, 1754. 

3. Sarah, d. Salem. June or July. 1723. 

iii. Mary. b. 6 Oct., 1702; m. Elizabeth Huske(?) 1720. She d. March S, 

iv. Olive, b. 29 Aug., 170S. 

Elisha 3 Plaisted of John 2 of Roger 1 , of Kitterv and Berwick. 
He married Mary, daughter of Col. John and Hannah "Wheel- 
wright of Wells, 10 September, 1712. She born May 1, 1694. 
The next day after his marriage he was taken prisoner by the 
Indiaus in an attack on the town of Wells. In a few day he was 
redeemed by his father on payment of a large ransom said to have 
been £300(V) He was Representative to General Court from 
Kittery 1714. He lived in that part of Kittery which was set oif 
and incorporated as Berwick, where he was one of the first 
Selectmen, 22 March, 1715. Children : 

i. John, b. May 0. 1714. 

ii. Joshua, b. Sept. 4. 1715. Soldier in Berwick, 1740. 

iii. Elisha, b. April 28, 1717. 

* N. H. Provincial Papers, vol. 1, p. 263. 
f Vol. 2. p. 75. 

* Daniel Kindle of Portsmouth, was nephew of Col. Ichabod Plaisted, Essex 
Institute, vol. vL 

Roger Plaisted, of Kittery, 143 

iv. Mary, b. Dec. 21, 171S. Married Elisba Hill of Berwick, Dec. 16, 

v. James, baptized July 10, 1720. 

vi. Mehetable. Oct. 10", 1723. 

vii. Hannah, b. May 30, 1725. She m. first James Scammon of Saco, 
1740. He d, 1753, aged 32. She m. second Mayor Ebenezer Ayer 
from Haverhill in Saco, July 4, 1754. He accompanied Arnold in 
his expedition to Canada. It is said that he had the courage to saw 
off the pickets of an English Fort to enable the party to scale the 
walls. He afterward served in the Engineer Department of the 
army, and did not return to Saco until the close of the Revolution- 
ary War. Town Treasurer. 1762 to 1771. Children : 

1. James Scammon, Jr.. b. 1740. He was Colonel of a Regiment 

in the Revolutionary War, at Cambridge in 17S5. He d. 
Oct. 21. 1S04. 

2. Hannah Scammon, b. 1743. Married Thomas Donnell, Jr. 

3. Nathaniel Scammon b. July 14. 1746. Did he marry Sarah. 

daughter of Col. Jonathan Jordan, 1775? He d. July 29, 

4. Elisabeth Scammon. baptized Feb. 22, 1745-9. m. her cousin, 

Dea. John Hill of Berwick. 

5. Mary Scammon. baptized Nov. 19. 1752; m. first Seth 

Mitchell, April 4, 1770. 

6. Elisha Ayer baptized or b. May IS. 1755. 

7. Moses Ayer baptized or b. July 7. 1757. 

8. John Ayer baptized or b. Feb. 25. 1759. 

8. , son m. Mary Llbby of Scarborough, Sept. 13, 


10. Abigail Ayerb. Xov. 4. 176S; m. Simon Moulton, 

11. Polh' Ayer. b. March 23. 1772; m. Ebenezer Moulton. 

Moved to Waterford. 
viii. Samuel, b. June 25; m. Mrs. Elizabeth l.ibby of Scarborough, Feb'. 
25, 1763. Children from Scarborough Records. 

1. Hannah, b. June 20. 1754; John Damon, Feb. 17, 1779 (?) 

2. Elisha, b. Nov. 20, 1755. 

3. Esther, b. Sept. 9, 1757. 

4. John, b. July 1, 1759. 

5. Sarah, b. Mar. 1. 177S( 


6. Mary. b. Jan. 3. 1779(?) 
ix. William, b. Mar. 15, 1730; m. Jane Right, April 8, 1752. She b. 
Xov. 10, 1735. She married second, Ebenezer Lord in 1771, and d. 
Apr. 10, 1822. He lived in Berwick. Children: 

1. John, b. Berwick, May 25, 1753. 

2. William, b. Oct., 17551 

3. Elisha, b. Dec. 25. 1758. 

4. George b. Mar. 1, 1760. 

5. Ichobod b. Oct. 2. 1763; m. first Charity Church, 1793. She 
d. Oct. 1S04, he m. second Elisabeth Leighton. He settled 
in Pittston, 1783.* He d. March 11, 1736. Decendants 

6. Samuel b. Feb. 16, 1766. He m. Elisabeth Hart, 1787. She d. 
Mar. 1, 1831, aged 65. He d. Jan. 28. 1841. He had ten 
children born in Jefferson, among whom was William. Sen., 
b. April 16, 1792, father of Ex-Governor Harris M. Plaisted 

of Maine. 
, 7. Elisabeth b. July 27, 1767. She m. John Hooper, brother of 

Elder Thomas Hooper, first minister of Paris, Me. She d. 
in South Berwick. Xov. 11. 1801. 
x. Elisabeth, b. Dec. 26, 1731; m. Xicholas Shapleigh. 

See history of Gardner and Pittston 

144 Col, Samuel Mo Cobb's Statement. 




(From JSIassachzisetts Archives^ vol. 145, page 54. ) 

"Townsend, July 23, 1779. 

By order of General Lovell I embarked my regiment on board the 
transports destined to convey us to Penobscot and the next morning 
set sail for that place. 

July 24. Arrived at Fox Islands in the bay of Penobscot where we 
remained that night without any particular annoyance. 

July 25. Arrived off Majorbagaduce (now Castine) and attempted 
to land but the wind blowing hard it could not be effected. 

July 25. The marines took a batten' on Bank's Island ; landed two 
iS-pound cannon, which caused the enemy's ships to move farther up 
the river. 

July 28. We landed early in the morning in opposition of a severe 
firms: of musketrv from the enemy, where some were killed and 
wounded on both sides. The remainder of the day was spent in 
throwing up a breastwork and getting up cannon. 

Tuly 29. This day passed in fortifying and reconnoit'g. 

July 30. This day opened a battery of two iS-pound cannon, one 
12, also one howitzer. 

July 31. Continued cannonading all this day. 

August 1. At three o'clock in the morning stormed a battery 
mounting three 6 pounders on the left of the enemy's main fort, border- 
ing on Majorbagaduce river; supposed to have fifty men in it; found 
five of the enemy dead and took fourteen prisoners. This was effected 
by a detachment of militia and marines under command of General 

Au"-. 2 Nothing remarkable. 

Aug. 3. This day began a battery on the main to annoy the enemy's 
shipping. Next day opened said battery to no great purpose, being 
too great a distance. 

* At the sie^e of Penobscot, now Castine, 1770, Major-General Solomon Lovell of 
"Weymouth, Mass., and Brigadier-General Peleg Wardswortb of Plymouth, afterward 
of Portland, 1734, and Hiram. Me., 1807, commanded the land forces, and Commodore 
Kichard Saltonstall of New Haven the naval forces. The expedition was disastrous 
and a Court of Inquiry was held in Boston. October, 17"y, which reported October 7, 
exonerating Generals Lovell and Wardsworth and cashiering Saltonstall. This paper 
was evidently Used at the Court. 


CoL Samuel 31c Cobb's Statement. 145 

Aug. 5. A party was ordered on the left of the enemy's main fort in 
order to draw them out ,* at the same time a party lay in ambush to cut 
him off from their fort, which took place agreeably to the General's 
expectation, but the party ambushed not pushing with vigor failed in 
the attempt. 

Aug. 6. A Council of War held to enquire if it would be expedient 
to storm the enemy's main fort, the result of which lays before the 

Aug. 7. Held a Council of War with the officers of the navy, the 
result of which is also before the Court. 

Aug. 8, 9, 10. Frequent skirmishing in order to bring the enemy to 
general action, which he carefully avoided. 

Aug. n. Two hundred men under the command of Majors Brown 
and Branville were ordered to take part on the enemy's left near the 
battery we had stormed Aug. 1 : there to remain until a signal for 
retreat was made. Said orders were punctually obeyed ; a party of 
the enemy lying concealed behind a barn not daring to appear until 
our troops were on their retreat, then rushing into the battery began a 
smart fire which caused our troops to retreat in some confusion notwith- 
standing the activity of their officers to keep them in good order. 

Aug. 12. A Council of War was held, the purport of which is 
before the court. 

Aug. 13. The General declared that' this day he would take post in 
rear of the enemy and endeavor to bring them to a general action for 
that he would rather die in the attempt than raise the siege or leave 
the Commodore any farther excuse not to co-operate with him. For 
which purpose he drew up his troops and after taking necessary 
measures he marched off at the head of 200 men, took the rear of the 
enemy's main fort. Capt. Burke then being with him he requested of 
him to go on board the Commodore and inform him that he had taken 
post in the rear of the enemy and also to request him to come up the 
river and destroy or take the enemy's shipping. This desire of the 
Gen'l to Capt. Burke, he told me of soon after he was gone off the 
ground. Immediately after a signal appeared on board the Commo- 
dore, for the shipping to get under weigh, which being complied with 
gave us to hope the Commodore intended to comply with the General's 
request; but the enemy's fleet appearing in sight at the same time 
prevented anything being done. At about sunset the General marched 
in with his troops. At twelve o'clock at night the General sent for me 
and gave me orders to have my regiment in readiness to leave the post 
at a minute's warning. At three in the morning I marched down to 

146 Col, Samuel 31c Cobb" s Statement. 

the water's side with my regiment carrying all the shot and every other 
article with us that then remained on the ground. At five, the whole 
troop of the troops were embarked on board the transports which 
immediately began to tow off from the shore ; it being calm at eight 
I went on board the General's sloop and received orders to go up the 
river, for there he intended to erect a fort to cover the shipping. A 
small breeze of wind springing up, the transports got under weigh and 
stood up the river till the ebb tide met them opposite Fort Point when 
the whole of them came to anchor. Our ships at this time lay below 
in a line of battle waiting for the enemy to come up ; about one 
o'clock I saw to my great surprise the whole of our ships beat away 
before the wind and stand up the river, the enemy's ships following 
them ; a small breeze springing up to the southward the whole of the 
transports were ordered under way and proceeded up the river ; but 
before our transports got up the river as far as the ledge, so called, a very 
rapid place of tide, some of the armed vessels began to pass them, 
hailing to the transports as they came up with them, to clear the way 
and let them pass, by which means many of the transports were run 
ashore, and the whole of the armed vessels got past; finding ourselves 
in this situation with the enemy's ships within shot, we began to land 
our troops, about six P.M., and at seven had the whole of them on 
shore, the enemy's ships at this time being within reach of us with 
grape shot. While we were in this scene o{ confusion I saw a sloop 
not far from me with some men on board her very busv cuttino- off her 
sails and heaving them into a flat bottomed boat; at the same time two 
sloops which lay nearest the enemy had on board two companies of 
men each and no boat to either of them, the men crying out for assist- 
ance. I hailed the sloop and ordered them to send the boat off or I 
would fire on them ; but they paid no regard to it till they got off their 
sails. By enquiry for the master of her, I found that one Drinkwater 
commanded her, and Col. Mitchell was on board, but gave no order to 
the master of the sloop to send oft* the boat to the assistance of the 
troops she exposed to the enemy's fire. 

Samuel McCobb, Col. 

Question. Whether there were any general orders given at the 
time of the retreat, what place to retreat to? 

Answer. I saw no general orders but received a verbal order to 
repair to the General's tent, where he gave me verbal orders to get my 
men ready to march at a minute's warning, and afterwards to embark 
and go up the river, where he said he intended to fortify and secure 

Col. Jonathan Eddy's Papers. 147 

the shipping. Accordingly I proceeded up the river till the enemy 
came within point blank shot, before I landed my men. 

Samuel McCobb, Col. 

(The above deposition with the answer to the above question sworn 
to in Court, Sept. 28, 1779.) 

Attest : O. Peabody, Clerk. 

I remember receiving the orders issued on the 30th of July contained 
in the Adjt. General's copy before the Court, in which Col. Revere 
and his corps are particularly ordered to encamp on shore. 

Samuel McCobb, Col. 

Sworn to as above. 

Attest : O. Peabody, Clerk. 



Please to Deliver to the Quartermaster of my Regiment seven 
fire-arms complete with twelve Rounds of Cartridges and two 

Aug. 7, 1777. 

To Capt. Stephen Smith, Esq., Commissary." 

"Boston, Aug. 12, 1777. 
SiPw : 

Please to Pay Capt. Job Gilbert three pounds, fourteen shil- 
lings, for value of him received and charge it to account of your 
humble servant. 

To Col. Jooa Eddv, or the Paymaster of his Battallion." 


Rebecca Tinker of Mount Desert, widow, and David Tinker 
of Mount Desert, yeoman, to John Robinson of Mount Desert, 
yeoman, consideration £600 lawful money a certain Tract of Land 
situate lying and being on the Island of Mount Desert in the 
County of Lincoln and Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
"betweeu Goose Cove on the Westward, and Duck Cove on the 
"eastern side of said Land being generally known by the Name 
"of Tinker's Neck, these measuring one hundred Acres." 

27th October, 1788. Lincoln Records, volume 26, page 42. 

< 1 

148 Bangor Families. 



James Bahtlett, a native of Lee, N. H., came first to Port- 
land and then to Bangor in 1810. He was a merchant. He 
died Jan. 9 (12), 1819, aged 32. He married Martha Wiggin of 
Stratham, N. H., Sept. 14, 1810; published in Bangor, Aug. 26. 
She admitted to First church, Sept. 4, 1836, and dismissed to 

Tina stieet church, Boston, May 23, 1842. Children probably: 

i. Martha W. b. Aug. 12. 1611 ; m. John Board man. published Dec. S, 

ii. Ruth M. b. April 7, 1S13; in. John W. Veazie, published Dec. 13, 

iii. AnnM.? of Chelsea. Mass. 
iv. Mary ? ra. Isaac W. Fatten, published May 24. 1832. 

Bulkley Emerson came to Bangor about 1794. Merchant, 

Selectman 1798; first Postmaster 1801-1804; Justice of the 

Peace. Gov. Williamson says : "He was a man of sterling sense, 

slow of speech, always guarded and influential." He returned 

to Wells or Kennebunk. 

William Emersox, from Durham, N. H., 1806. Merchant, 
Senator, Representative 1819, Executive Councillor 1820-21. 
He was a Commissioner to make a treaty with the Penobscot 
Indians 1820. He and wife Lois were admitted to First church 
July 14, 1828, from church at South Reading, Mass. Both dis- 
missed to First Presbyterian church in Chicago, March 11, 1844. 

John Emerson, merchant, died Sept. 22, 1822, aged 45. 

Doctor James B. Fiske was born in Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 
14, 1785. He fitted for college but did not enter. He came to 
Waterville 1806, and then went to Norridgewock and from thence 
through the woods on foot to Bangor in 1807. He married 
Rebecca, sister -of Jacob McGaw, Esq. ; published Jan. 7, 1814. 
She died March, 1851, aged t>8. He died Sept. 12, 1854. He 
was a successful merchant and an honest man. Children : 

i. Robert McGaw, b. Nov. 14, 1814; d. in Chicago, July 22, 1SG2. 
Interred at Mount Hope. 

ii. JA3IES Ballou, b. June 15, 1816, an honorable, upright merchant 
and an estimable gentleman. He pa'. Elisabeth (J. Barker, published 
Aug. 11, 1840. He d. Mar. 4. 1SS3. Mrs. Fiske resides in Bangor. 

iii. Rebecca Margaret, b. Jan. 3, 181S. 

Bangor Families. 149 

iv. John Okr, b. July 13. 1S19; graduated Bowdoin College, 1837; 
Bangor Theological Seminary, 1S42; ordained minister at Bath, 
August 17, 1843; pastor to 1SS3 ; received the degree of d. b. from 
Bowdoin College, in lSGS,and is also a trustee. He married Mary A., 
daughter of Rev. Benjamin Tappan, d. d. of Augusta. Dr. Fiske 
resides in Bath. 

v. Martha Orr, b. May 30. 1821. d. April. 1825. 

Jvi. Prentiss Dickenson, b. Oct. 6. 1S24; m. Elisabeth J. Lambert, May 
28, 1S55. Resides in Bangor. 

Stephen Giddixgs was an older brother of John. He married 

Nancy Marshall of Lunenburg; published May 3, 1807. He 

died July 10, 1850, aged 73. Children probably : 

i. Sophia, B. b. April 3, 1811; in. Rufus Prince. Had two children that 
I see. 

1. Rufus A. b. Dec. 14, 1829. 

2. Marv Thomas, b. Aug. 23, 1831 ; d. Dec. 25, 1832. 
ii. Lucy. b. Mar. 30, 1814 ; d. Nov. 17. 1816. 

iii. Mart A. b. July 28, ISIS; d. in Bangor, May 14, 1892. Unmarried. 
iv. John ? d. Sept. 15, 1824. 

John Giddings came to Bangor about 1813. He married 

Joanna, sister of Theodore Trafton of Bangor, formerly of York ; 

published Nov. 8, 1813. Fie died Sept. 15, 1823, aged 43. She 

died Dec. 12, 1866, aged 77 years, 7 mos., 23 days. Children: 

i. Moses, b. Sept. 29, 1S16 of Bangor. Merchant, Mayor and influential 
citizen. He m. first Mary Shirley of Portland, published April 20, 
1850. He m. second Ernestine, daughter of Hooper Chase July 11, 
1S54. She d. Jan. 4, 18G9. aged 35. He m. third, Mrs. Sarah E. 
Sabine. Aug. 5, ls77. Several children. 

ii. Hannah T. b. June 15. 1819; m. Deacon Oliver H. Ingalls of Bangor. 
Merchant and most worthy citizen. 

iii. Abigail T. 1>. Oct. 2, 1821. now living. 

iv. Nancy Marshall, b. July 24, 1S23 ; d. April 10, 1S26. 

Joseph Kendkick came to Bangor about 1810 ; admitted First 
church Aug. 7, 1831. Wife Eliza Allen from Martha's Vineyard, 
admitted First church April 8, 1812, from church in Rochester. 

She died Dec. 1, 1864, aged 82. Children : 

i. Leander, b. July 27, 1812. 

ii. Charles, b. Feb. 27. 1813. 

iii. Joseph, b. Aug. 24. 1814. "Joseph Kendrick, Jr., of Exeter" pub- 
lished in Bangor to Caroline Pike, Aug. 3, 1836. 

iv. Harriet Doliver, b. Aug. 28, 1S16; m. Samuel S. Smith, Oct. 
10, 1836. 

Joseph Leavitt, came from Lee or Stratford, N. H., moved to 
Portland and went into trade there with James Bartlett in 1808-9. 
He arrived in Bangor Oct. 8, 1810. He was admitted to the First 
Church, June 1, 1828. He was the first merchant and shipbuilder 
of his time. He built the first ship ever built in Bangor, the "Alpha'* 
which was launched Oct. 11, 1811. Daniel Webster of Bangor 

150 Bangor Families. 

and Ebenezer Webster of Qrono, were the master workmen and 
possibly the contractors. She sailed for Alexandria, D.C. Jan. 
13, 1812, and was captured by the British there. His schooner, 
the ''Experiment," was captured by the British Man-of-War 
Tenedos off Boston, June 7. She was released and returned to 
Bangor. In July the "Experiment" was again captured off St. 
George's Island by the British privateer "Weazel." Mr. Leavitt 
was on board and was set ashore at the mouth of Saint George's 
river, and reached home Sept. first. The next day he learned 
that his vessel had been recaptured by the American privateer 
"Superior" and carried into Camden where he went and released 
her, and arrived with her at Bangor Sept. 12. By this time Mr. 
Leavitt had got angry with the British, and although a man of 
peace, he fitted out a privateer, a schooner of fifty tons and 
manned her with a crew of forty men and sent her into the Bay 
to capture British vessels and prizes ; but the British were too 
far off or too formidable for our Bangor privateer which returned 
home having no evidence of its voyage, except as the chronicler 
said, "a good time." 

He sold one-half of the ship Alpha to James Penniman of Bos- 
ton and took in part pay, a house at the corner of Brown and 
State streets. Mr. Leavitt built the brick block at the foot of 
Exchange street, now the M. C. E. R. depot. He was the 
founder of the Bangor Bank in 1814. He was Town Clerk, 
1816-17, and Selectmau often. He died March 9, 1829, 
a^ed 62. His wife Mary, died June 1, 1849, a<?ed 76. I sup- 
pose the following to be their children : 

i. Alfred Wiggins, b. Xov. 16, 1S10. 

ii. Elisabeth, ra. Mar. 1G. 1813, d. Aug. 10. 1S47, aged 34. 

iii. Dudley F. b. Dec. 19, 1814; m. Dolly McQuestion, published Oct. 3, 

1811. He was merchant, lumberman and speculator. He d. in 

iv. Joseph. Jr.. probably? m. Frances Randall, published Feb. 18,1828; 
daughter Ann B. d. Jan. 2, 1851, aged 10 years, 6 mos. 

v. William F. probably? m. Clarissa M. E. Brackett of Warren, pub- 
lished June 4, 1S3G. 

Lynde Valentine, (Samuel Lynde Valentkse), born in 
Hopkinton, Mass., Oct. 21, 1791. Came first to Gorbam and 
then to Bangor, 1812. School teacher; W. M. of Rising Virtue 
Lod^e F. & A. 3VL. 1817. By act of the Legislature March 21, 
1S21, his name was changed from Lynde Valentine to Samuel 

Bangor Families. 


Lynde Valentine. He seems to have removed to Castine about 
1823 and returned here 1828* He was admitted to First church, 
May 9, 1819 ; dismissed to Castine church, May 4, 1823, and 
dismissed to First church, Bangor, again Julv 14, 1828 ; dis- 
missed to North Bangor church, May 21, 1838. 

As to his family. He was published to Elizabeth Farrington, 
in Bangor, Feb. 2, 1815. She joined the church in Castine and 
was admitted to First church in Bangor from that church, July 
14, 1828. She died May 14, 1833(?) aged 41. He was pub- 
lished to Mrs. Sarah March of Portland, Aug. 29, 1833-4. She 
was admitted to First church from church in Gorham, Feb. 23, 
1835, and dismissed to church in North Bangor, May 21, 1838. 
He died of cholera, Sept. 11, 1849. "An honest man and worthy 

citizen." These two who follow may have been his children : 

i. William J. Valentine, admitted First Church June 5. 1840; dis- 
missed to Hammond street church. Aug. 20. 1849; in. Sophia 
Bridgham of Boston, published Mar. 8, 1839. 

ii. Mary J. Valentine, admitted First Church July 10. 18-16; dismissed 
Oct. 5, 1853. 

CArT. Luke Wilder born in Lancaster, Mass. ; came to 
Bangor from Salisbury, N. II., in 1798. He was often a town 
officer and was a highly respected citizen. lie lived in Hudson 
some years but returned to Bangor and died here Nov. 24, 1836, 
aged 83. Wife Susan was admitted to First church from Salis- 
bury, N. H., Jau. 12, 1814. She died in Hudson, July 6, 1844, 
aged 88. 

I do not see much of his family. Those given below may be 
his children : 

Samuel, b. May 21. 1S06. 
i. Susan, m. William Bruce. Jan. 11, 1813. 

ii. Eliza of "Pushaw" m.— Briggs, Jan. 6, 1821. 

v. Betsy . d. June 24. 1842. aged 60. 

22. 1836. 

-. m. Marv McDougal: she admitted First Church Aug. 

Dismissed to church in Foxcroft, Jan. 10, 1844. 

152 Col, Benjamin Foster, of Machias, 


He was son of Benjamin and Wilmot Foster of Greenland, 
N. II., born 1726; baptized 1728. In 1737, the family moved 
to Black Point, Scarborough. He served at the capture of Louis- 
burg, Cape Breton, under Sir William Pepperell, 1745, and was 
in the French and Indian wars under General Abercrombie. He 
married first in Scarborough, Nov. 26, 1747, Abigail Milliken. 
She was sister of Benjamin Milliken, the founder of Ellsworth. 
He married second Elizabeth Scott in Scarborough, January, 
1750. She was sister of Sylvester and Samuel Scott, early 
settlers in Machias. He moved to East Machias in 1765 and at 
once took a prominent part in all the iuterests of the town. He 
was active in the Revolutionary' war. He was the chief leader in 
planning and organizing the expedition which captured the British 
war vessel, the Margaretta, at Machias, June 11, 1775, which was 
rightly called the "first naval battle of the Revolutionary war." 
AVhen the British ileet under command of Sir Georire Collier 
attacked Machias, Aug. 13-14-17, 1777, Col. Jonathan Eddy 
was in command of our forces. Foster, then a lieutenant, did 
most valuable service and had charge of the entrenchments on the 
north side of the river at the "Rim." In Col. Eddy's report to 
the Honorable Council dated Aug. 17, 1777, he makes honorable 
mention of Foster. xVugust 25, 1777, Mr. Foster was one of a 
committee of citizens of Machias to wait upon Col. Eddy and 
request him not to disband his regiment but leave them at Machias 
under the care of Major George Stillman. After the Revolu- 
tionary w T ar Mr. Foster was colonel of the Eastern Maine 
regiment. September 21, 1784, he deeded his homestead to his 
son Abijah. 

"Benjamin Foster, Esq'r, to Abijah Foster, yeoman, consideration 
",£594, a certain Lot of Land lying in Machias aforesaid bounded as 
"follows, viz. : beginning at the northeast Corner of a Lot of Land 
"which I sold to John Foster, running Northeast eighty-five Rods, 
"thence southeast four hundred Rods, thence Southwest one hundred 
"Rods, thence Northwest about three hundred Rods to the South 
"Corner of Land sold John Foster, thence Northeast by said John 
"Foster's Line fifteen Rods, thence Northwest about one hundred rods 


Col. Benjamin Foster, of MdoMas. 153 

"by said John Foster's side Line to the Bound first mentioned, contain- 
ing about two hundred and thirty Acres more or less, it being all my 
"first Division Lot in Machias except twenty Acres which I have sold 
"to John Foster aforesaid, together with the Mansion House and Barn 
"thereon standing, also one quarter part of the Stream Saw in the 
''double Saw Mill Industrv standing: on the east side of the lower Dam 
"on the east River in Machias aforesaid with all the Priviledges to the 
"same belonging. Also one quarter part of the shore saw in the 
"Priviledge of the double Saw Mill Unity on the west side of the lower 
"Dam on the east River in Machias aforesaid with all the Priviledges to 
"the same belonging. Also one Lot of Salt Marsh in Machias afore- 
"said, it being Lot number seventy-two on the Proprietor's Record." 
Deed dated 21st September, 17S4. 

— Lincoln County Records, vol. i^j^page 127. 

Col. Foster was a leading man in town and church, a man of 

strict integrity who adorned the office of deacon. He died July 

4, 1818, aged 92 years. His children all by his second wife 

were : 

i. Jacob . lived in Trenton, Me., on the X. W. side of Jordan's 

river. He was a conspicuous and influential citizen of that town. 
He in. Anna Jones, so the Machias Centennial says. "In an account 
of the family of Nathan Jones of Gould-borough it is said that his 
daughter Pamelia, b. May 23. 17G3. m. Jacob Foster of Machias." 
I know of no other Jacob Foster of Machias. and the children given 
him on the Machias records are substantially the same as on the 
Trenton records. He probably moved from Machias to Trenton 
after his marriage, as he was there a Selectman in 1791. He probably 
m. second in Trenton, Mrs. Mary Curtis of Koston. published April 
19, 1S00. On the town records of Trenton I find in a conspicuous 
place the following : %t Jacob Foster, Esquire, departed this life 
Feb. 25. 1824."' His children were: 

1. Howard. 

2. Nabum, b. Feb. 16, 1783. He was Town Clerk of Trenton, 

3. Harriet, b. May 2S, 1787; in. William C. Norris of Sedgwick; 
published Dec. 20, 1816. 

4. Louisa Holden, b. May 11. 17SS; m. William Chaloner of 
Machias; m. or published July 15, 1810. Moved to Lubec 
where he died Sept. 10, 1868, aged 93 yrs, 2 mos. Wife 
Louisa, died Jan. 30. 1873. 

5. Daniel, b. Mar. 10. 1792. 

6. Sally, b. Sept. 10. 1794: m. Somes. 

7. Charles, b. Aug. 7, 1785; d. June 17, 1801. 

ii. Daniel , d. young, 

iii. John . of East Machias; m. Phebe Burr, probably of Trenton, 

Me. Children: 

1. Susan , m. Mosely Hovey; published Machias Sept. 9, 


2. William . 

3. Mary . m. Hon. John C. Talbot of East Mactr'as, Oct. 27, 

1809. He d. Dec. 18, 1861, aged 78. She d. May 31, 1858, 

154 Col. Benjamin Foster, of 3fac7rias. 

aged 60. Children. Stephen Peter Talbot, b. Oct. 23, 1811 ; 
William Henry b. Sept. 20, 1813 ; John Coffin b. Nov. 3. 1816; 
George Foster b. Jan. 16. 1819; Emily Caroline and Foster 
18 April, 1821; Thomas Hammond b.'July 20,1823; Susan 
H. and Mary E. 

4. Henry ; m. Burr V 

5. Emma C. . 

iv. Benjamin Jr.. of East Machias. Married Ruth, daughter of Samuel 
Scott. Children: 

1. Sumner, m. Catharine, of Jonas Farnsworth ; pub. Feb. 7, 


2. Asa . 

3. Thankful . m. Tristram Moore. 

4. Lettie , m. Lawrence Williams of Waterville. 

5. Jeremiah, b. Sept. 16, 1803; m. Eliza, daughter of Abijah and 

Apphia (Talbot) Foster. He died Feb. 16, 1S7S. 

6. Susan , m. Samuel Burnham. 

7. Sally . m. — Wade. 

v. Abijah of East Machias; m. Apphia. daughter of Peter and 

Lucv Talbot. He lived at the old homestead. 

He died March 4. 1823. aged 63. She died Oct. 13, 1860, aged 

88 yrs. 6 mos. Children : 

1. Abigail Talbot, b. Mar. 15. 1791 ; d. April 9, 1S12. 

2. Lucy Hammond, b. Aug. 3, 1793; d. 1S76. Gravestone. 

3. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 7. 179") ; m. Jeremiah Foster. He died Feb. 

16. 1S7S; b. Sept. 16. 1803. 

4. Harriet, b..Feb. 24. 1797; d. Mar. 2, 1S24. 

5. Apphia. b. Oct. 25. 1799. 

6. Charlotte, b. Oct. 16. 1802; d. Jan. 2. 1S09. 

7. Mary Coffin, b. Aug. 7. 1804; m. Phineas Foster. 

8. Fiederick Williams, b. Feb. 24. 1809; d. Jan. 9. 1819. 

9. Stephen Talbot, b. June 16, 1812. He died East Machias, 

Sept. 12, 1S87. 

vi. Elisabeth . d. young. 

vii. Levi . lived in what is now Ellsworth prior to 1808, when he 

sold his farm there to Dominicus J. Card. Fie m. Sally Beal, 
probably daughter of Edward of Union Kiver. Children: 

1. Sukey, b. July 3. 1786. 

2. Betsy, b. Aug. 6, 17^8; m. George PI. Avery. 11 children. 

3. Edward, b. June 30, 1793; m. first Fanny Cilley; second 

Emeline Smith. 

4. Phebe, b. Jan. 4. 1799; m. Luther Hall. 

5. George, b. Nov. 10. 1803. 

6. Warren, b. Jan. 17, 180S ; d. unmarried. 

viii. Samuel, b. , resided at East Machias; Deacon; m. Comfort, 

daughter of Sylvan us Scott. Children: 

1. Benjamin, b. Apr. 28, 1793; m. Joanna Foster of Moses; settled 

in Dennysville. 1824. Six children. 

2. Nancy, b. Nov. 29. 1791; d. Dec. 6. 

3. Alfred, b. Dec. 18. 1795. 

4. Mehitable, b. Feb. 17. 1798; m. Nathan W.Foster. He died 

March 1, 1869, aged 73. 

5. Clarissa, b. Mar. 3, 1800; m. S. C.Foster (of Pembroke.) 

No children. 

6. Susan, b. June 17. 1802; m. William Marsh. 

7. Horatio, b. Nov. 25. 1804; d. unmarried. 

8. Elizabeth, b. 10 Jan.. 1^07; m. Elijah Wilder. 

9. Samuel Freeman, b. July 1. 1809. of Crystal r ake. 111. 

10. John Andrew, b. 25 Sept., 1811; d. East Machias, Dec. 15, 
1888; married twice. 

11. Geo. Hanson, b, Feb. 2, 1814. 


Joseph Nash and Family. 155 

12. Jacob, b. Dec. 6, 1318; m. Deborah Smith and Margaret 
Bowker. No children. 

ix. Daniel , of East Machias; m. Hannah Gardner; published Mar. 

12. 1797. He d. Mar. 5, 1SG0, aged 91. Grave stone, she d. Sept. 1, 
185S, aged 84. No children. 
x. George Kellet of East Machias; m. Cynthia daughter of Ephraim 
Chase, published July 14, 1799. Children : 

1. Vashti , Qi. Samuel Scott. 

2. Josiah Harris 

3. Daniel 

4. Cynthia, twin with Daniel; m. Whidden. 

5. Hannah , m. Cloudman of Waterville. 

6. Lydia 

7. John 

xi. Betsy , m. Joshua Burr of Trenton. Children Trenton records; 

1. Mary b. April 17. 1793. 

2. Eveletina (?) Sept. 25, 1S00. 
xii. Asa . 



Joseph 3 Nash was son of John 2 Nash of Braintree, Mass. ; 
baptized Second church, Nov. 12, 1727. He lived in Braintree 
and Weymouth. Dec. 27, 1746, he was appointed administrator 
on bis father's estate.* Benjamin Dunbar of Hingham, sold him 
Aug. 29, 1748, one-fifth of one-half of a share of Proprietor's 
Right in North Yarmouth, Me., for £30. f Nov. 7, 1754, Joseph 
Nash of North Yarmouth, sold his interest in his father's estate, 
and also his interest in the portion of two young brothers and a 
sister all lately deceased to his brother Samuel Nash of Braintree. 
Nathaniel Blauchard of North Yarmouth, sold Joseph Nash (they 
were brothers-in-law, Blanchard having married Hannah Shaw in 
Weymouth in 1726) of North Yarmouth, Sept. 15, 1758, for £40 
land in North Yarmouth adjoining land where John Farrow then 
dwelt. { 

He moved to Pleasant river about 1766. He was there April 
27, 1778, with eight in his family. He bought four hundred 
acres of land, also six acres and forty rods of marsh, being lots 
17 east side of Pleasant river, and numbers 14, 15, 16 on the 

* According to Rev. Samuel Niles' Diary, John Xash was buried July 7, 1745. 
t York County Records, vol. 35, page *26. 
X iTork County Records, vol. 35, page 35. 

156 Joseph Nash and Family. 

west side of the river, also another lot of eight acres and one 

hundred and forty rods, and another of twenty-two acres and one 
hundred and ten rods of marsh, being parts of lots above named. 
He married Susannah, daughter of Joseph and Mary Blanchard 
Shaw of South Weymouth, Dec. 16, 1746 ; she born March 3, 
1726. He died prior to 1790. Children : 

i. Isaiah, b. Weymouth. June 22. 174S, of Addison. 

ii. Josef-ii, b. do.. July 14, 1750, of Addison. 

iii. Susannah, bap. Xorth Yarmouth, Jan. 3, 1753. She m. David Wass 

of Columbia. He lived on lot now occupied by H. X. Bridgham. 

Children : 

1. Aaron Wass, m. Mary Knowles. 

2. Levi Wass. m. Amy knowles. 

3* Rebecca Wass, m. Samuel Campbell of Cherryfleld. 

4. Susannah Wass, m. William Ingersoll. 

5. Peggy Wass. m. James Ingersoll. 

iv. Molly, m. Benjamin Gooch of East Machias. No children. He m. 

again, and died July 26, 1830, aged S4. 
v. John, b. N. Yarmouth, of Columbia. 
vi. Isaac, of Columbia. 
vii. Abigail, m. Freeman Knowles, son of Samuel, who died early at 

Addison. Children : 

1. Abraham Knowles. m. Prudence Hillman. 

2. Sarah Knowles, m. Isaiah Nash, Jr. 

3. Thankful Knowles, m. Alex McCaslin. 

4. Abigail Knowles. m. same. 

5. Mary Knowles, m. Aaron Wass. 

6. Amy Knowles. m. Levi Wass. 

7. Susannah Knowles. m. John McKenzie. 
viii. Abraham, b. Addison. Apr. 26, 1766, of Columbia. 
ix. Ebenezer , of Columbia. 

Isaiah 4 Nash of Joseph 3 Nash, was born in Weymouth, June 
22, 174§. Came east with his father and settled at what is now 

C^rddfion Point. He was there April 27, 1778, with three in his 
family. He had as a settler "two hundred acres of land and 
three acres and twenty rods of marsh, being lots of land and marsh 
No. 3 on the west side of Pleasant river and No. 45 on the east 

'side, also eight acres of Dyke Marsh, being part of Dyke No. 1." 
His homestead is said to have been situated on Addison Rid^e, 
and there he married three times and there all h'i3 children were 
born. He is said to have removed to Harrington but his will was 
probated as of Addison, August, 1811. He died 1811. He 

married first Mary, daughter of Ingersoll. He married 

second Polly Downes. Pie married third Priscilla, daughter of 

Jeremiah Strout of Narraguagus. Children : 

i. Isaiah, Jr. He was one of the first settlers in what is now Harring- 
ton Village. He m. Sarah Knowles, his cousin. She d. July 5, 
1842, aged 61. Children: 

Joseph Nash and Family. 157 

1. Freeman K.. m. first, Julia Dinsmore and second, widow Han- 

nah Wakefield Jan. 17. 1849. She d. 1S87; buried Dec. 2, 
aged 8S years. 

2. Ambrose of Harrington; m. first. Betsy Kay and 

second, Phebe Parritt, widow of Caleb, and daughter of 
Samuel Tracy, b. Mav 6, 1S0S. He d. May 5, 1855. She d. 
Feb 2S, 1SS1. (His estate probated June 13, 1S71 ? ) 

3. David , m. Caroline Gallison. 

4. Alexander , m. Eliza, of Ichabod Willey. 

5. Harriet , m. A. W. Lawrence. 

6. Denney . d. unmarried. 

ii. Uriah, b. Oct. 3, 1783; lived in Harrington; Deacon; m. Anna, 
daughter of Wilmot Wass, Jr., Dec. 9, 1S06. She b. Nov. 17, 1789; 
d. Aug. 12, 187^. He died 27 April, 1S57. Children : 

1. Rebecca, m. Simeon Coffin of Addison and Harrington, 1841. 

His first wife; she d. 1845; He m. second Harriet Franklin 
of Grand Mauan; he d. Dec. 15, 1888, aged 83 years. 
Ten children, one of whom was Hon. Veranus L. Coffin. 

2. Stillman W.. b. May 31, 1S09. of Harrington; m. Melissa 

W., daughter of Joseph Nash, Jr. She b. May 1, 1811; d. 
Oct. 30, 1S76. He ;d. May 22, 1880. Six or more children, 
among whom Hon. Albert M. Nash, who d. June 19, 1889, 
aged 61, leaving widow, five sons and two daughters; 
daughter Lavina, m. William W. Coffin. 

3. Myrick, m. Rhoda, of David Coffin. Several children. 

4. Moses, m. his brother's widow. She d. Feb. 17, 1892, aged 81. 

Several children. 

5. Lewis, in. Anna Strout. Several children. 

6. Mary J., m. Luther P. Wass. Three children. 

7. Susannah, m. Mark Dyer. 

8. Alvin B., m. Harriet Cole. Two children. 

9. William A., m. Elvira, of Stillman Wass. No children. 

10. Augusta, m. Thaddeus Coffin. 

iii. William N.. of Steuben; m. Rebecca Coffin; perhaps m. second, 
Charity, widow of Samuel Nash and daughter of Jona. Leighton. 

1. Ira, m. Matilda of Samuel Moore. 

2. Coffin, in. 

3. Abigail, m. Henry Stevens. 

4. Phebe, d. unmarried. 

iv. Moses, removed early in life to E. Machias; m. Polly Downes. 

His . estate entered for probate as of Crawford, Aug. 3, 1830. 
Children b. Machias: t ?c > S . 

1. Francis, b. Nov. 24. 1S08; m. Hanscom. 

2. Susan Sophia, b. Sept. 6. 1811; m. Goodwin Butler. 

3. Julia Somes, b. Aug. 16, lbl4; m. Fletcher. 

4- Albert Clinton, b. May 31. 1818; m. Pamelia Libby. 

v. SUSAN, id. Samuel Davis. Nine children. 

vi. Molly, m. Joseph Merritt. 

vii. Oliver, b. 23 April, 1800; by third wife; lived in Addison; m. 
Deborah, daughter of Otis Smith. 12 Jan., 1825. She b. 25 Mav, 
1S05; d. 11 Feb.. 1868. He d. 13 Oct.. 1880. Children : 

1. Harrison T. b. May, 1827; m. Mary A. Wass of Stillman Wass 

of Harrington; Representative 1891. Children. 

2. Stephen Smith, b. 11 Aug.. 1829; grad. Brown University, 
1859; m. Ellen A. Wass of Columbia Falls, 25 Aug., 1860. 

For many years teacher in New York City; now resides at 

3. Orrilla, b. 11 Dec, 1S31 ; m. Alfred A. Alline, Nov. 26, 1854. 

She d. 9 Sept., 18o6. 

4. Delia E., b. Sept. 20, 1833; m. Jerome B. Alline,* Oct. 8, 

1859. One child, Orrilla. 

• I am indebted to Mr. Alline for information. 

158 Joseph Nash and Family. 

5. Joseph Otis, b. Nov. 23. 1835; m. Fannie E. Knowles, 2 Feb., 

1874. Pie d. Silver City, Montana, 15 Aprli, 1SS2. One son, 

6. Priscilla, b. 9 Dec.. 1837; m. George Brooks of Orrington. 

5 March, 1862. Children. 

7. George S.. b. 31 Dec, 1839 ; d. Albion River, Cal., 13 Dec. 1366. 


8. Horatio P., b. Nov., 1841 ; killed in the charge at Petersburg, 

18 June, 1S64, Co. H. First Maine Heavy Artillery. 

9. Fanny M., b. 16 Oct., 1844. Unmarried; d. 8 Feb., 1S60. 

10. Herbert O.. b. Sept. 26, 1848; ra. Mrs. Anna Williams of 
Wickes. Montana, nee Stout of Ohio, May 1880. Children. 

viii. Adkins, 3 by third wife; m. Hannah, of John Coffin of Addison. 

Children : 

1. Philander, 6 d. single. 

2. Maria. 6 m. John F. Denbo. 

3. Miranda P., 6 m. Samuel A. Hall. 

4. Willard G.. m. Mary J. Aldrich. 

5. Howard. 6 d. youug. 

6. Augustus, 6 d, in the army. 

7. Marcellus H., 6 m. first Hannah True; m. second Isabella 


8. Horace, 6 d. young. 

ix. Nathaniel, by third wife; of Addison Ridge. Representative, 183 4. 
1838; m. Sophia, daughter of Capt. John Coffin, 1817. She b. there 
Sept. 29, 1799; d. Dec. 12. 1888. 

1. Sophia, in. Holmes Nash. Jr. 

2. Alpheus C, d. in early manhood. 

3* Simeon C, m. Rebecca, of Samuel Drisko. 

4. Christiana, m. Isaac Norcross. 

5. Martha A., ra. Otis P. Rutnball. 
x. Clarissa, ra. Thomas Perkins. 

xi. Hadassa, b. Sept. 17.1794; m. David Wass of Wilraot, Jr., Jan. 4, 
1816. She d. in Addison. May 19, 18S9. Nine children, of whom 
their daughters Clara A. and Esther, ra. Hon. John C. Talbot of 
E. Mac bias. 

Joseph 4 Nash, Jr., was born in Braintree, Mass., July 14, 
1750 ; settled at Addison Point on same lot with his father. As 
assignee he received a deed of a settler's lot in 1793. He was in 
Addison, 27 April, 1777, with four in his family. Pie married 
Elizabeth, daughter of Wilmot Wass, 24 September, 1773. She 
born 13 September, 1757 ; died 23 September, 1844. He died 
16 April, 1839. His estate was entered for probate 3 June, 1840. 

Children all born Addison : 

i. Holmes, b. Aug. 9, 1774. of Addison Point; ra. Mary Drisko of 
Columbia Sepc. 26, 1796. She b. Oct. 26, 1776 (?) d. March 8, 1847. 
He d. Oct. 20, 1838. Children : 

1. Alphatha (?) b. July 17.1797; ra. Wilmot Wilson of Colum- 

bia Falls. She d. Charlestown. Mass., April 9, 1853; five 

2. Rebecca., b. Nov. 12, 1799; m. Daniel Wass of Addison. Oct. 

1819. She d. in Eldora, Iowa, May 14, 18S0. Six children. 

3. Ann S., b. Nov. 28, 1801; m. David Davis Dec, 1827. She d. 

East Machias Xov. 21, 1887. Three children. 

Joseph Nash and Family. 159 

4. George W., b. May 28, 1804; m. Jane Patten of Cherrvfield, 

Aug. 28, 1S29. He d. Boston, July 30. 1854. Six children. 

5. Jerusba. b. Nov. 26. 1806: m. Samuel Sumner of Gouldsbo- 

rough June 11, 1831. Lived in Addison and Portland. He 
d. ; his widow d. Somerville, Mass. Oct. 8, 1SS3. Five 

6. Mary, b. April 29, 1S09; m. J. Lowell Alline Feb. 22, 1S23. 

Five children. 

7. Joseph, b. May 15, 1812; m. Alvira Bates of Kingston, Mass.; 

published Oct. 6, 1S34. Two children. 

8. Holmes, b. Sept. 17, 1S14 ; m. Sophia C, of Nathaniel Nash, 

Nov. 10, 1836. He d. Atlanta, Georgia Mar. 12, 1S86. One 

9. Miriam, b. Jan. 2. 1S19; m. Geo. Hathaway of New Glouces- 

ter, May, 1839. Two children. 
ii. Joseph, b. Dec. 2, 1775; lived on his father's homestead until late in 
life, when he moved to Cherrylield. He m. Lydia Noonan of 
Gouldsborough. She d. Aug. 26,1841. aged 70. (Grave stone). 
He d. Jan. 12, 1847, aged 72. (Grave stone). Children all born in 

1. Francis Yates, (?) b. Sept. 29, 1797. 

2. Wilmot W., b. Jan. 4, 1799; m. first Maria Smith and second 

Experience McXiel. 

3. Eliza, b. Feb. 2S, 1S00; d. unmarried. 

4. Lucy S , 

5. Melissa W., b. May 15. 1S11 ; m. Stillman W. Nash of Harring- 

ton. She d. Oct. 30, 1876. He d. May 22. 1880. aged 71. 

6. Irene . m. P. H. Glover of Boston. He d. prior to 1SS9. 

7. Joseph C, ra. first. Sophronia Cates and second. Olive 

Cole. Curtis Nash d. Addison Nov. 7. 1SS9, aged 74 years, 

6 mos. and 23 days. I think it this man. 
iii. William, b. May 21. 1780 of Addison. Representative, 1S29. He m. 
Mary, Sept. 2, 1S05. She b. July 31, 1785; d. Oct. 6, 1869. He 
d. Dec. 2. 1867. Children : 

1. Ber^.y, b. June 9. 1S0S. d. May 6. 1S14. 

2. William, b. April 22, (21) 1S10; m. Jane C, of Samuel Small, 

May 7, 1833. Four children: Mai}' E., Clara, Bernice (?) 
and Charles. 

3. Rebecca C, b. Apr. 24. 1813; m. John D. Gage April 28, 1S33. 

Several children. 

4. John Coffin, b. Sept. 21. 1815: d. unmarried Jan. 25. 1866. 

5. Jared Coffin, b. March 16. 1816. of Addison, Me.; ra. Leah R. 

Leighton of Pembroke, Nov. 3. 1844. Son Augustus J.* m. 
Julia A. Curtis and lives at Addison: several other children. 

6. Henry, b. June 13.1819; m. Lucv, of Levi Small Nov. 21, 

1847. She d. Addison Oct. 31. 1889. aged 64. No children. 

7. Clarinda, b. Feb. 8. 1822; m. Nath. N. Wass. Four children. 

8. Betsey W., b. Oct. 19. 182*;; m. Henry L. Nash Jan. 7, 1S56. 

One child Edward, m. Efiie Lord. 

John Nash of Joseph Nash, Senior, born probably North Yar- 
mouth ; settled in Columbia. He married first Eunice Merritt, 
and second Hepsibah, widow of Nath'l Ramsdell and daughter of 
Seth Norton. Children probably : 

i. John, b. Dec. IS, 1782; d. unmarried. 

ii. Mary, b. Feb. 9. 17S5. 

iii. Abigail, b. Jan. 4. 1787; m. John Worcester and George Look. 

* I am indebted to him for information. 

160 Joseph Nash and Family. 

iv. Susannah, b. July 10, 17S8 ; in. Enoch Low. 

v. Eunice, b. Dec. 17, 1789; d. unmarried. 

vi. Dorcas, b. Dec. 11, 1791; m. Richard Merritt. 

vii. Mowry Wass, b. Dec 16. 1793, of Columbia; m. first, Rhoda, 

daughter of Abraham Xash. and second, Susan H. ; Susan H. 

widow of Mowry W. Xash, d. in Columbia, July 25, 1S91, 

aged SI. Children: 

1. Hannah, m. Abraham Merritt. 

2. Mercy, m. Albeit Merritt. 

3. Trypheria, m. Lorenzo Ingersoll. 
viii. Jacob, d. unmarried. 

ix. Daniel, by second wife ; m. Lorania Ramsdell. 

x. Uriah, m. Irene G. Ingersoll. 

xi- Elisha. m. Leonice Hinckley. 

xii. Eliza, m. Solomon R. Ingersoll. 

xiii. Ransom,' 2 m. Ann Springer. 

xiv. William Bingham, b. 2G Aug., 1796; settled in Cherryfield; m. 

Tryphena. daughter of Jonathan and Anna Leighton of Narraguagus. 

He d. . William Xash. d. June 7, IS7-L aged 89 yrs. 2 mos. 

I suppose this man. His will proved 2 Dec, 1874. Children : 

1. John, d. unmarried. 

2. Henry L. of Cherryfield m. Betsy, of William Xash. 

3. Wilmot VV., m. Clara V. Orcutt, a daughter of Wm. E. Smith 

of Machias. 

4. Arthur R., m. Abb}' Flynn. 
' 5. George, m. Alice. 

6. Elizabeth, m. Robert L. Moore. 

7. William W.. m. Caroline, of James W. Moore. 

8. Ellery B., in. Anna Lawrence. 

xv. Samuel, b. Nov. 8, 1799 of Harrington; m. Charity, daughter of 
Jona. and Anna Leighton. Xo children. He died, and widow in. 
William X. Xash. 

Isaac 4 Nash of Joseph 3 Nash, born North Yarmouth, May 10, 
1763; settled Columbia Falls just north of Addison line; married 
Judith Downs; she born Sept. 17, 1763. Did she die 27 Dec., 

1789? Children: 

i. Isaac, b. Columbia Sept. 10. 17S3; d. in infancy. 

ii. Joseph, b. Columbia Apr. 4, 17S4; m. Susan Scott. 

iii. Betsey, b. June 13. 1786; m. Ben Sprague or Springer. 

iv. Jacob, b. Mar. 21. 17SS, d. unmarried. 

v. Polly, b. Xov. 11, 1791; m. John McCaslin. 

vi. Amaziah H.. b. July 23, 1793 or 1794; in. Sarah Jackson He . and 

Seth Emerson built saw-mill in Calais in 1S24, for Green & Shaw 

at Ferry Point Rapids. 
vii. Joshua Young, b. May 2. 1795 (?) ; m. Clarissa Merritt. 
viii. Isaac b. May 7. 1797; m. Mary of Abraham Xash. 
ix. John, b. . settled Columbia; m. Sylvena Smith. His widow d. 

Columbia April S, (9) 1SSS. aged 75 years, 2 days. 

Abraham 4 Nash of Joseph 3 Nash, born Addison, 26 April, 
1766 ; settled in Columbia and his three sons around him. He 
married Anna of Daniel Look ; she born 2 April, 1771 ; died 

25 April, 1857. Children : 

i. Hannah, b. 10 Dec, 1790; m. Deacon David Coffin of Harrington. 

She d. 9 Dec 1873. Several children. 
ii. Rhoda, b. 17 Oct., 1792; m. Mowry VV. Xash. 

Joseph Nash and Family, 161 

iii. Duncan MoCall, b! 11 Jan.. 1795. of Columbia; m. first, Persia' 
of Ebenezer Nash; m. second, widow Mary Ingersoll of George U« 
Children : 

1. Mary A., m. George Leavitt. 

2. J. Lowell, m. Elis. Sevey. 

3. Almira, d. early womanhood.- 

4. Adeline, do. 

5. Persis. do. 

6. Lucinda, unmarried ; living 1SSS. 

iv. Jesse Lee, b. 17 May, 1707, of Columbia; m. Sarah, daughter of 
Isaac Nash. Her estate administered May IS, 1SS0. Children: 

1. Judith, m. J. W. White. 

2. Esther, in. George W. Drisko. 

3. Elizabeth, m. Peter Whitney. 

4. Susan, m. B. F. Sprague. 

5. Martin V. B., m. . Abby Dorman. 

6. Jesse Lee. m. Eliza Nash. 

v. Mekcy. b. 9 Feb. 1S00; m. Isaac Nash. Jr. 

vi. Charlotte, b. Nov. 2, 1S05; m. Stillman W. Nash of Ebenezer. 

vii. Abraham, b. 1S07; of Columbia. M. first, Lucy Curtis of Medford, 

Mass. (Her father lived in Addison.) He m. second, Sophia Gates. 

Children : 

1. Fred C. . m. Clara C. Hapgood, Nov., 1S90. Resides in 

Acton. Mass. 

2. Eugene , m. Wass. 

3. William G. — — 

4. Eva m. Wilmot Wass of Willard. 

5. Hamlin . m. and went to California. 

6. Walter 


S. Janet 

viii. Fhebe C. b. Aug. 26. 1811; m. first. Thomas Nash, of Ebenezer; m. 
second. Obediah Hill of Machias; now a widow living in Canton, N. 
Y. Her daughters in Addison, Columbia and Harrington. 

Ebenezer 4 Xash of Joseph 3 Nash, of Columbia ; married Polly, 
daughter of Jeremiah Strout of Narraguagus. He died 1828. 

Children : 

i. Elisha Strout. b. 10 Feb., 1796; m. Mary Webb. Removed to 
California late in life. Children: 

1. J. Adams. 

2. Mary, m. Leonard Brown. 

3. Martha, m. 

4. George E.. d. in the army. 

ii. Shaw, . m. Deborah McCosliu ; moved to California forty 

years ago. 
iii. Stillman W. of Harrington Village; m. Charlotte, of Abraham 

Nash. Administration granted on her estate, June 4, 1844. Children: 

1. Alonzo P., m. Emily C. Dorman, Harrington. 

2. Melville, in. Mary Sawyer. 

3. Joseph, m. J. H. Hamlin. 

4. Louise, m. William N. Coffin. 

5. Emeline, m. Henry Ray. 

iv. FRANCIS, youngest son, lived on the old homestead at Columbia; m. 

Phebe E., daughter of Nash. Administration granted on his 

estate, Nov. 6. 1813. 
v. LOEING, (?) b. 13 Aug.. 1797. 

vi. .Jane . m. James Smith of Massachusetts. 

vii Persis. b. 4 Feb., 1S0O: m. D. M. Nash, 
viii. Louisa , d. in childhood. 

162 Samuel Nash and Family. 


Samuel 3 Nash of John 2 Nash, born Braintree ; baptized by- 
Rev. Samuel Nilea Nov. 12, 1727. Lived in Braintree, Mass. 
Private in Capt. Peter Thayer's Company at Fort Win. Henry, 
1757. He bought of his brother Joseph his interest in his father's 
estate Nov. 7, 1754. Joseph then of North Yarmouth. He 
moved to North Yarmouth and later to Pleasant river, now Addi- 
son, with his brothers Joseph and James. He had there six acres 
of Marsh included in Marsh Lot No. one, west side of Pleasant 
river and another lot, one acre and ninety rods of Marsh, being 
part of above lots, and one hundred acres of land, no numbei 
being given but reference being made to Lathrop Lewis plan. He 
was at Pleasant river, April 27, 1778, with five in his family.* 
He had a settler's lot deeded to him June 2, 1794, under act o1 
June 21, 1793. His lot was on "The Ridge'' in Addison next tc 
the Columbia line. His will was admitted to Probate, Jan., 1799 
He married Kezia, daughter of Benjamin and Elisabeth Orcutt oi 
Weymouth, Mass., 1758, — probably June 10. She born May 7 
1727. His descendants lived in Addison and vicinity, although 3 

have failed in finding many of them. Children : 

i. Samuel , m. Eaehel White, probably daughter of Jesse an< 

Kachel White of Weymouth, Mass. and .North Yarmouth. Adui 
granted on his will. Oct. 29, 1829. 

ii. Isaac , lived on Addison Ridge. lie or his son Isaac, Jr., m 

Susan Corthell and had children. 

1. Curtis, d. in Addison Xov. 7, 1879, aged 74 years, 6 months ant 

23 days. 

2. Jason; adm. granted on his estate, April, 1842. 

3. Louisa. 

4. Kezia. 

5. Sabra, and others. 

iii. Keziah. b. ; m. John Holmes of Machias. Children: Samuel 

Hannah, Moses, Isaac, Keziah, Martha, John, Betsey, Eunice. 


James 3 Nash, son of John 2 Nash, was baptized in Braintree 
Nov. 12, 1727, by Rev. Samuel Niles. He lived in Braintree; wa 
Hog Reeve, March 21, 1747. He was married as of Braintree t< 
Margaret Tompson, Nov. 9, 1747. She was daughter of Willian 

* Ante vol. 1, page 173. 

James Nash and Family of Addison. 163 

and Margaret Tompson of Braintree, born April 26, 1726. A 
James Nash whom I suppose to be this man had children baptized 
in South Parish, Weymouth, Mass., — James, 1756 ; Lucy, March 
5, 1758, — and he is also found there in 1761. He was executor 
of his mother's will. She died June 4, 1761. He sold estate in 
Braintree 1765. He is said to have moved to North Yarmouth 
and then to Addison or Pleasant River, Me. Judge Milliken in 
his sketches of Pleasant River early settlers says ''that James Nash 
went there with his brothers Joseph and Samuel, settling on the 
lot now owned by Jerome B. Alline, and that James sold out to 
his nephew Isaiah, son of Joseph." The tradition is thac he went 
into the Revolutionary war and never returned but settled in 
western New York where some of his children afterwards settled. 
In a list of settlers at Pleasant River, 25 April, 1778, I find 
"Margaret Nash with six in her family." I have made some effort 
to get an account of this family and give herein what I have. 

i. John, m. Ruth Cole . Children: 

1. James, b. April. 1785; d. at the age of about 75. Betsey, wife 
of James Nash died in Harrington, June 20, 1S71, aged 79 
years, 8 months. (C. R. Nash) 

2. Eunice, b. April 17SS; d. at the age of about 78. 
ii. Reuben , settled in Harrington, tie had lot Xo. 48 in Harring- 
ton containing one hundred acres, and two acres and one hundred and 
twenty rods marsh. He m. his brother John's widow, Mrs. Ruth 
Cole Xash. about 1790. He d. June 15, 1S34 or 1831. She d. March 
15,1834. Children: 

1. Abner, b. 1790; lived in Harrington, and d. there, Dec. 17. 1S89. 
His family was noted for its longevity. He was a soldier of 
the War of 1S12, in Capt. Chad wick's Company, 34th 
Infantry. He fought in many of the principal engagements 
of the war, and for his services was granted a pension. 

2. Marv, m. Maker of Cutler. 

3. Dorcas, d. May 2. 1834. 

4. Susan, m. Carter of Harrington. She was living in 

Portland* with her granddaughter, Mrs. Etta Sheafe in 
1890, at the age of 93. Her children of Harrington : Henry 
Carter, Hillman Carter, Mrs. Lucy P. Hill, Mrs. Ruth A. 
Lawrence, Mrs. Betsy Nash, Mrs. Eliza Cole and Lewis 

5. Margaret, d. Mar. 17, 1834. 

6. John, d. Dec. 23, 1887. aged about 73. 
iii. Charles, m. Joanna Reynolds of Mcose Neck. 

• 42 Moody Street. 

164 Return of Survey on ScTioodic River, 1794. 


RIVER, 1794. 

Continued from page 154, Vol. VII. 

Schoodic, Grand Lake and Lake Cheputneticook are not exactly the 
same. The latter is the name of the whole chain. The upper is called 
Grand Lake ; the lower is called Lake Chepedneck. But, in addition, 
Lake Omquememkeeg was not Grand Lake, but the lower or Chepedneck. 
The entire narrative proves this. Grand Lake is referred to as the 
Long Pond. The north Lake of Titcomb is not the North Lake of our 
maps, i. e. N. E. of Grand Lake but was what we call Skiff Lake. 

— Prof. W. F. Ganong of Harvard University . 


He was born in Scituate, Mass., March, 1732. He graduated 
Harvard College, 1751 ; studied law with Jeremiah Gridlev of 
Boston. He was the first regularly educated lawyer who settled 
in Maine and one of the first six who were raised to the degree of 
Barrister. He settled at Pownalborough, now Dresden, in 1755 
according to Deane's history of Scituate, and the Cushing Gene- 
alogy. I think he settled there in 1760 when Lincoln County 
was incorporated. The county then included the whole of Maine 
easterly of Kennebec river. Mr. Cushing was the first Register 
of Deeds, 1761-2, and the first Judcje of Probate for the county, 
1762. He continued in practice at Pownalborough until 1772 
when he returned to Scituate. In 1775 he was appointed a Judge 
of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts to succeed his father, 
John Cushing of Scituate. In 1777 he was appointed Chief 
Justice of the same Court. He held several terms of court in this 
State. He was the last Chief Justice who wore the wig of the 
English judges. 

In 1789 he was appointed by Washington Judge of the Supreme 
Court of the United States. In 1796 when Chief Justice John 
Jay resigned that office, Mr. Cushing was appointed and unani- 
mously confirmed Chief Justice. He declined the office. His 
commissions descended to his namesake and the grand nephew of 

Petition from Delegates of Lincoln County. 165 

his wife, the late Hon. William Cushing Hammatt of Howland, 
Me., and are now in the possession of his family. 

He married Hannah, daughter of George Phillips of Middle- 
town, Conn., in 1774. He died in Scituate, Sept. 7, or Dec. 13, 
1810. He had no children. 

I append a letter from Mrs. Esther Parsons (Hammatt) Estes of 
Bangor : 

"The commissions signed bv Hancock and Washington came into 
the possession of my father, William C. Hammatt, who was a name- 
sake, and grand nephew of Mrs. Cushing. 

George Phillips of Middletovvn, Conn., was father of two daughters, 
one of whom, Hannah, was seen in the cradle and spoken for bv Judge 
Wm. Cushing, then a young lawyer, and they were married when she 
had reached the age of twenty years. The daughter Esther married 
William W. Parsons, son of Gen. Parsons, the Senior Brigadier-General 
at the trial of Andre. Their daughter married William Hammatt of 
Scituate, Mass., and later of Bangor and Howland, Me., my grand- 

Sharpless, the pastel artist, in regard to whose likeness of Washing- 
ton there has been some controversy, painted a likeness of Washing- 
ton and his wife which he presented to Judge Cushing the same 
winter in Philadelphia. Sharpless also painted pastels of Judge and 
Mrs. Cushing at the same time, which are now in the possession of 
Miss Anna Mitchell of Bangor." 



(Fro?n Massachusetts Archives, vol. 1S5, page 231^. 

Dated June 24th, 1779, Wiscasset. 
The Committee or delegation inform of arrival at Penobscot of 
8 transports with 900 troops on board under convoy of the Blond 36 
guns, Milford 28, a ship ot 20, Flope 18, a Brig 16, Schooner 12 and 
Sloop 10, and that the troops are fortifying; that from acts, they intend 
to take possession of ground whereon the old fort stood and fortify that 
also, to take possession of the Co., and garrison where necessary ; that 
some of the inhabitants have sworn allegiance and it is feared many 
others will be compelled to. By reason of draught the preceding 
summer and usual scarcity of a new country, there is not provision, 
bread or meat, sufficient to support the militia two days nor arms or 
ammunition for one-fourth of the inhabitants, that the country supplies 
the western sea ports with most of the lumber and wood consumed, 
which the enemy will possess themselves of. 

166 Deed from Thomas G-oldtlnvait and Grov. Bernard. 

The Committee consider themselves "hardly dealt with ;" that having 
supplied more than their quota of men for the war and paid full taxes, 
they should be destitute of companies sufficient to guard the valuable 
ports and that the militia called to defend them have been refused 
payment. They request provisions, arms and ammunition, that the 
Brigadier of the County may muster militia and repel the enemy, for 
which a squadron of vessels and some companies of artillery should be 
immediately ordered, a sufficient naval force to destroy or block up the 
enemies' fleet, "as without this it appears to your petitioners that no 
number of troops that might be assembled on the shore would be of 
any avail for the deliverance of this County." 

The Committee also request the repeal of a Resolve for levying a 
new draft of men to reinforce the Cont'l Army so far as relates to 
Lincoln County. 

They represent that the reduction of the Co. must speedily follow 
unless seasonably and effectually protected by state. 

"Your petitioners beg leave to add that from various circumstances 
there is reason to believe that the enemy and their ernisaries are 
tampering with the Indians, and this convention are apprehensive that 
the tribes at Penobscot and Norridgevvalk may be tempted to join with 

On the reading of the above memorial of Gen. Court resolve that the 
Pres. of the Council inform James McCobb, Esq., the chairman of the 
Convention, of the measures taken to dislodge the enemy. 

— Coiztrib?ited by Joseph Williamson, Esq. 


FORT POINT, 1766. 

Goldthwait and Bernard deed to Joshua Treat land adjoining Fort 
Pownal (Fort Point), being part of land they bought of Gen. Jedediah 
Preble; bounded South South East Easterly by Penobscot River; 
West South West Southerlv bv a lot of land laid out to Abner Lowell 

*/ a/ 

and Ichabod Colson and marked on plan by Joseph Chadwick, No. VI ; 
East North East Northerly by lot of land purchased by Charles Curtis, 
No. Ill on said plan ; and North North West Westerly upon a line 
which divides the land purchased of Jedediah Preble aforesaid from 
the land laid out for a township by Joseph Chadwick for a Township 
belonging to his Excellency, Francis Bernard. Esquire, and others for 
.£48 containing 122 acres. Nov. 24, 1766. Bernard's signature wit- 
nessed bv Edward Trowbridge and John Winthrop and acknowledged 
before Trowbridge ; Goldthwait' s signature witnessed at Fort Pownal, 
Jan. 21, 1767, by Thomas Goldthwait, Jr., and Jona. Lovvder, Jr., and 
acknowledged before Doctor Wm. Crawford, surgeon at the Fort. 

— Hancock Records, Jol. 1, page 292. 

Intentions of Marriage in Trenton. 16' 


1790, June 2, Jonas Farnsworth of Union District and Peggy 
Lewis formerly of Ipswich. 

1792, May 17, Charles Smith, east side Union river to Miriam Gar- 

land of Trenton. This publishment forbid by Miriam 
Garland June 4. The above publishment renewed by 
Charles Miller. 

1793, Apr. 2, Joseph Burk and Deborah Shackford. 

1794, Sept. 4, Joseph Barnes and Lydia Thompson. 
Dec. 11, Benjamin Joy and Abigail Green. 
June S,John Smith, Jr., and Sally Parker. 

1795, June 5, James Fletcher and Mrs. Lydia Trueworthy of a place 

called Bowdoin. 

Aug. 31, Elisha Whitaker and Mrs. Ruth Heath. 
179S, July 6, William Gadcom and Peggy Lane. 
1799, Jan. 12, Oliver Wooster and Betty Cook of Sullivan. 
1S02, Abraham Young and Susanah Salisbury of Eden. 

1504, Jan. 10, Stephen Holt and Mrs. Dorcas Lord. 
Feb. 12, Joseph Remick and Priscilla Noble. 
Aug. 25, Timothy Harding and Mrs. Lucy Viza (?) 

1505, Apr. 28, David Bartlett and Elisabeth Wilbur. 
1S07, Jan. 19, Wm. Brown and Sally Lord. 

1S0S, July 15, John Tinker and Mrs. Eunice Moore of Surry. 

Oct. 15, Geo. Waterston and Elisabeth Coate. 

Reuben Salisbury 3d and Bashaba Cousins of Eden. 

Oct. 29, Isaac Lord and Abigal Moore of Surry. 

1809, July 2, Samuel Davis and Mrs. Elis. Godfrey of Gouldsborough. 

181 1, Apr. 20, David Higgins and Molly Barnes. 

1816, Oct. 2, Job Anderson and Polly Ruman (?) 

June 15, Joseph Wood and Rachel Clay of Blue Hill. 
Aug. i-i, Moses Springer and Lydia Card of Plantation No. 

iS 1 7, Feb. 24, Thomas Anderson and Lucy Burk. 

June 25, Nathaniel Burns and Olive Higgins of Eden. 

June 28, Stephen Higgins and Prudence Abbot. 
1820, Feb. 19, James Stevens of Ellsworth and Peggy Anderson. 

Apr. 5, Timothy Jordan of Ellsworth and Patty Bunker. 

Sept., Moses Grant of Sullivan and Charlotte Jordan. 
Nov. 5, Capt. John Hopkins and Jane Murch of Ellsworth. 
1S21, Mar. 8, Ben. Bunker and Nancy Haynes. 

Nov. 2S, Allen Hopkins and Mary Uran of Sullivan. 

Nov. 30, J. Haines and Mary Cousins. 

Dec. 24, William Whitaker and Jane Googins. 

168 Historical Sketch of Iron Bound Island, Frenchman's Bay. 





George Chilcott, born November 25, 1756, was reared on a farm with 
his father and mother in the west of England. When about eighteen 
or twenty years old he enlisted as a soldier in the army and was sent 
out to some of the British West India Islands, (one of the Bermuda 
Islands probably). During the American revolution they received 
orders to join the British forces in Connecticut, who with others, were 
then fighting to put down a rebelliou against King George the Third. 
However, in due time victory perched upon the banners of our beloved 
country. George Chilcott now made up his mind to leave the army, 
choosing rather to risk his chance in the wilds of America for a living, 
than to continue any longer in the British army. 

He commenced his wanderings in a northeasterly direction, came into 
the district of Maine, and finally arrived at Cromwell's Harbor, Mt. 
Desert, where he found ready employ with Mr. Thomas Wasgatt with 
whom he worked on the farm for quite a length of time. 

A number of years previous to this a young lady from Kittery, Me., 
whose name was Elizabeth Allen, came to Gouldsboro, Me., where she 
became the wife of Mr. Isaac Bunker. To them were born six children, 
three sons and three daughters, namely: Isaac, Mark, Philip, Polly, 
Hannah and one who married a Mr. Everett. Mr. Bunker died and his 
widow married a Mr. Clemens, and they had one son named James. 
At the time that George Chilcott came to Cromwell's Harbor, Mrs. 
Clemens was in her second widowhood, and in due time they formed an 
acquaintance, and after some time, about the year 1785, they were 
married, and to them were born two sons, George and John. George 
was born in 1788 and John about 1790. 

Mr. Chilcott visited Iron Bound Island* aud looked it over, and 
having selected the west end of the island to make a farm, cleared a 
spot, built a log house, and about the year of 1790 he moved his family 
into it, and thereby becoming, I suppose, the first actual settler on Iron 
Bound Island. He commenced burning and clearing land and to ''plant 

* Ironbound Island wa* originally named Nickels Island for Capt. William Nickels of 
Gould-borough andSleuben. It hud in it si2 1-.3 acres according to the original survey. 
In the division between Maine and Ma.-sachusetts in lb2o, Maine had two lots on Iron 
Bound Island in Frenchman's Bay, in the possession of George Chilcott and Barnabas 
Young. Chilcott afterward bought his lot of the State. — [Editor. 


Historical Sketch of Iron Bound Island, Frenchman* s Bay, 169 

and sow and drill in row, and hope from heaven a blessing," and the 
land produced abundantly. He soon began to raise stock, and enough 
to give them. He had an excellent wife to help him in his enterprise. 
By industry, honesty and economy they enjoyed prosperity. 

In the summer of 1S06 7 the writer of this, from Steuben, (then 
about two and one-half years old) was landed on Iron Bound Island 
in Frenchman's Bay, in charge of his foster-mother, Mrs. Elizabeth 
Chilcott. At that time they had built a new house, also a barn 35x45 
feet square, had cleared off some twenty-five or thirty acres of land, 
and cut about twenty tons of hay ; they had a yoke of oxen, two or 
three cows and a iot of young stock and quite a flock of sheep. A 
year or two previous to this they had the misfortune to lose their 
youngest son, John, then about fourteen or fifteen years old, and as 
far as known he was the first white person buried on Iron Bound Island. 
| (1806) 

Somewhere about the year of 1803 or 1804, Philip Bunker above 
mentioned was married, cleared off two or three acres of land on the 
east end of Iron Bound, built a log house, and had been living a few 
years there, when Barnabas Young of Eden, Me., visited the island, 
bought Philip's claim and betterments, and about the year of 1808 
moved his family there, consisting of his wife and four children, two 
sons and two daughters ; both families lived in the log house for awhile 
until Philip got a site somewhere else. Mr. Young soon got him a 
good farm underway, and in due time built a new house, and also a 
barn, reared a large family of children and spent the remainder of his 
days on the island. During the year above mentioned George Ander- 
son from Eden, came on and commenced to make him a home in the 
middle of the island, but he did not stay there but a few years. James 
Beverly afterwards lived on the same lot for awhile and he moved off. 
Sometime during the year 1811 or 1S12, William Leland from Kennebec 
(or Mt. Desert) Me., moved on to the island with his wife and six chil- 
dren and occupied the lot where George Anderson had begun, and 
became a permanent settler. 

Not long after this James Mason, who married Mary Everett (one of 
grandmother Chilcott's grandaughters) built a log house on a part of 
the Wm. Leland lot, lived there a few years, then moved awav. Abner 
Sloper, married Hannah Everett, (sister to Mary, above mentioned) and 
they occupied the Mason house awhile and from there moved to Boston. 

Sometime during the war of 1->12, Richard Meagher* of Boston, 

* Feb. 11, 1312, Massachusetts granted Richard Meagher 500 acres of land in Maine. 
He petitioned the General Court to set off to him Iron Bound Island, Jan. 26, 1S1-4. 
The Court granted his request, and Oct. IS 1S14, by its agent, deeded Meagher 
several lots of laud on the I-land viz: lots one, two, three and four, containing 405 
acres and 105 rods, and so mrv.-h of east end of a lot marked "barren rocks" a3 will 
make up 500 acres as surveyed by Davis Wasgatt, August, 1S14.— [Editor. 

170 Historical /Sketch of Iron Bound Island, Frenchman' $ Bay. 

Mass., who having lost his property there by fire, received a grant 
from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for five hundred acres of 
wild land anywhere within its jurisdiction, without disturbing settlers. 
Well, he came to Maine and having learned the situation of Iron Bound 
Island he came on there. The chance suited him very much and he 
persuaded the settlers to release their claims in his favor, and he would 
sell to them as cheap as anybody would and they all agreed to his pro- 
posal except grandsire Chilcott ; he said he had been there over twenty 
years, and he could hold by quiet possession, and he was never dis- 
turbed. Richard Meagher then employed a surveyor, who after ascer- 
taining the number of acres of land on the island, (which was about 
seven hundred and fifty) by a north and south line, set off grandsire 
Chilcott's claim on the west end of the island which was about one 
hundred and thirty acres. They next by an east and west line, set off 
a portion of land on the south side of the island containing about one 
hundred and fifty acres, which they called the "barren rock." The 
remainder of the island (bounded on the west by the Chilcott lot, south 
by the barren rock, east and north by the shore), Richard Meagher 
claimed by virtue of his grant. He next proceeded to run out the lots 
to suit the settlers ; first by a north and south line he run out Barnabas 
Young's lot on the eastern end of the island; next to that Wm. 
Leland's lot ; next was a portion of land between the Leland and 
Chilcott lots containing one hundred and sixty-nine acres ; they 
made two lots of this by a north and south line, eighty-six acres 
in one, and eighty- three acres in the other, and grandsire Chilcott 
bought both lots. The one joining his home lot embraced quite a por- 
tion of his field and pasture. The other lot he sold to John Smith, 
where he built him a house, married Barnabas Young's oldest daughter, 
Mary, brought up quite a family of sons and daughters, and they spent 
the remainder of their days there. Some time less than one year after 
Mr. Meagher had fixed up his business on the island, a Mr. Benjamin 
Palmer of Scituate, Mass., (who held a demand against Mr. Meagher) 
appeared on the island with an otlicer, and attached Meagher's interest 
in the island, but they fixed up their business to suit the parties all 
around and both left the island forever. 

In the spring of 1814, George Chilcott, Jr., went to Lubec, Me., to 
find something to do as a ship carpenter, accompanied by John Everett 
(who had been living with grandsire Chilcott some ten or twelve years 
and was then about nineteen years old) expecting to return home in tLe 
following autumn, but they found plenty of work there and did not 
return as expected. Early in the following spring, George sent for his 

Historical Sketch of Iron Bound Island, Frenchman's Bay. 171 

wife to join him (she having sometime previously lost her tirst born son, 
John). Accordingly in May, 1812, she moved to Lubec, where they 
lived about three years ; during that time they were blessed with a 
second son, George. Near the end of the three years above mentioned, 
grandsire Chilcott failing in health, offered to give up the place to his 
son, if he would return, and in the spring of 1818, he and his family 
moved back to Iron Bound Island, and took charge of the farm. 

In the summer of 1812, Win. Leiand's wife died. He soon after 
sold his farm to Enoch Newman, who married one of Leiand's 
daughters a few years before. In the fall of 1826, Win. Leland took 
to himself a second wife, the widow Ober or Wasgatt, who was then liv- 
ing at Bar Harbor. She was a tailoress by trade. Soon after this he 
moved to Cooper, (Washington Co., Me.) with his family, consisting 
of his wife and his three youngest children, Lydia, James and Enoch. 

In a few years after he died, and his widow and daughter moved back 
to Gouldsborough where, in due time, his daughter married a Mr. 
Norwood, and his widow married Abner Young, of Eden, brother to 
Barnabas Young. The boys, James and Enoch, I know not what 
became of them. Enoch Newman built a house on the Leland lot and 
resided there a number of years. In 1834, he sold his interest in said 
lot to Alden Young (son of Abner Young) and moved to Winter Har- 
bor where he now lives. He is something over ninety years old. His 
wife has been dead quite a number of years. His brother, George 
Newman, married Barnabas Young's second daughter, Mehitable, and 
built a house on the southwest corner of the Barney Young lot and 
they lived there several years. Subsequently his wife died, and he 
went to some part of Mt. Desert Island, married a second wife and I 
believe they are still living. 

Soon after Alden Young bought the Leland lot of Enoch Newman 
he built a house and made other important improvements on the farm. 

Barnabas Young's two sons, Warren and Wilson (the two youngest 
of the family) took care of their father and mother while they lived, 
and after their demise Warren built a new house and occupied it several 
years. He sold out to Alden Y r oung in 1862. 

t t t t t t 

In 1832, George Chilcott, Jr.,* sold his property on Iron Bound 

• George Chilcott, Jr.. born May 2, ITS'?; married Lydia Tracy of Gouldsborough. 
Jan. 21, 1813. He went to Lubec, 1$1L and returned to the island in 1818. His father 
deeded him the homestead Jan. oO, 1827, as 251: acres for £200. He removed to Sulli- 
van. 1533, where he died Feb. 20, 1835. His widow died July. 5,1872. They had nine 
children. The eighth James C. Chilcott. for many years Editor of The Ellsworth 
American. He was much interested in the early history of Hancock County towns. 
He died April 13, la'J3, aged 03, and in him the City of Ellsworth lost an honored, 
useful and upright citizen. — [Editor of Magazine. 

172 Order of the General Court, 1788. 

Island to Calvin Stevens and Lewis Young whereon they each built a 
house and resided there several vears. Thev married sisters, daughters 
of Barnabas Young, Rosilla and Thankful. After selling his property 
on Iron Bound Island, Geo. Chileott, Jr., moved to Sullivan, Me., in 
1832, where he joined his half-brother, James Clemens (who was never 
married) in a mutual home, where they built a barn and made other 
important improvements. He died in 1835. aged 48 years. His wife 
Lydia died in 1872, aged about 83 years. Grandsire Chileott died in 
the spring of 1850, aged nearly 94 years. George Chileott, Jr., and 
his wife were blessed with nine children, seven sons and two daughters, 
three of whom and their grandmother Chileott died during August and 
September, 1824, and were laid beside the two John Chilcotts herein 
before mentioned. 




An order of the Gen. Court March 24, 1788, premising that the 
inhabitants of that part of Lincoln County which is situated on and 
east of Penobscot river, "labor under many inconveniences by reason of 
their great distance from the places where the courts of judicature are 
holden ; and it will be expedient that the same be set off as a separate 
county or counties as soon as the incorporation of a sufficient number 
of plantations shall have taken place," then orders "that the proprietors 
and settlers of the following townships and plantations, viz.* Mount 
Desert, Deer Island, Fox Island, Gouldsboro, townships No. 1, and 2, 
east of Union river ; No. 6, and 7, on said River; No. 4, and 5, upon 
Bluehill Bay; No. 1, and 2, on the east side of Penobscot River; No. 
1, on Kenduskeag ; No. 1, on lower Dabscook ; and the township of 
Frankfort all on the west side of Penobscot river ; and the township of 
Camden on Penobscot Bay, be directed and thereby are directed to 
appear if they see fit on second Wednesday of the first September 
next, Gen. Court, to show cause if any they have why these respective 
townships should not be incorporated." 

* '• hese towns took notice, and Deer Island, Vina! Haven, Gouldsboro, Mount 
Desert, Trenton, Sullivan, Sedgwick, Frankfort and Blue Hill were incorporated 1739; 
Camden and Bangor, 1791; Bueksport. 1792; Steuben and Hampden, 1791; Harrington, 
1796; Ellsworth and Orland, lbOO; Surrev, l»04.— [Editor. 


Josiah Harris of Machias. 173 


Was son of Samuel* and Sarah M. Harris of Boston ; born 

Feb. 27, 1770. He went to Machias in March or April, 1787, 

but returned to Charlestown in 1788 and remained about one 

year when he settled at Machias. Merchant. He married Lucy, 

daughter of Peter Talbot, Dec. 11, 1796. She was born Jan. 8, 

1775; died Dec. 27, 1861. He died June 17, 1845, aged 75. 

Children, all born at East Machias, were: 

i. John Fairbanks, b. Oct. IS. 1797 ; ra. Drusilla W. Foster, Jan. 6, 1822. 
He was Senator, 1859-1860. He d. Sept. 30, 1877. His wife d. Oct. 
2, 1870. a^ed 68. Children.: 

1. Eliza V\\, b. Oct. 7. 1S22. 

2. Josiah. b. Dec. 21. 1S24. 

3. Leonard A., b. March 10. 1827; d. at age of 15. 

4. Laura F.. b. Feb. 4, 1830. 

5. Charlotte F., b. June 14. 1833. 

6. Maria, b. Feb. 5« 1S37; d. young. 

7. Lucy 1'.. June 28. 1841. 

ii. STEPHEN Talbot, b. Sept. 9, 1S00: m. Cynthia Foster. She d. Oct. 18, 
1S5G. He m. second. Mrs. Joanna, widow of Joel Chase. He d. 
Jan. 30. 1S79. Children: 

1. William, b. June 30. 1S27; d. 

2. Sarah E., b. March 14. 1829. 

3. Benjamin F., b. June 24. 1831; now superintendent of public 

buildings at Augusta. 

4. Stephen T., b. Jan.. 1S33 ; d. young. 

5. Stephen T.. b. Apr. 13. 1S3G; d. Sept. 22, 1859. 

6. Cynthia F.. b. July 20. 1S38. 

7. Charles A., b. Feb. 6, 1841. 

8. Betsy Talbot, b. Aug. 17. 1843. 

9. Leonard A., b. Nov. 29. 1845. 

iii. George, b. March 18, 18u2 ; m. first, Lucy, daughter of Elisha Chaloner. 
She b. Dec. 30, 1807; d. April 23, 1831, aged 24. He m. 
second. Mary A., daughter of Robinson Palmer of Perry. She b. 
1810. Mr. Harris resided at Columbia Falls for some years, but 
afterward returned to Machi.-is where he d. 1876. Mrs. Harris d. in 
Cambridge. Mass. June 1. Ib89. Children: 

1. Lenora. b. June 22, 1829; m. Edward H. Balkam. 

2. Lucy G.. b. April 16, 1831; d. young. 

3. By second wife. Harriet P., d. young. 

4. Emma T.. d. young. 

5. George, b. April. 1844; graduated Amherst College, 1SG6; 

D.D., 1883; minister at Providence. R. I; professor in 
Andover Theological Seminary. 

6. Mary B., b. 1847; d. unmarried, 
vi. Lucy, b. Dec. 2, 1803; d. young. 

v. Sarah Bowles, b. July 25. 1805; d. unmarried Jan. 21. 1879. 
vi. LcCY Tabbot. b. June 4. 1807; m. Jeremiah Foster. He b. Sept. 16, 
1807; Representative. 1554-57. He d. Feb. 1G, 1878. Children: 

1. Thomas Foster, b. Feb. 5, 1S35 ; d. voung. 

2. Betsey Foster, b. Oct. 25. 1836; d. unmarried April 4, 1S82. 

3. Martha Foster, b. Aug. 12. 1838; ra. Gen. John C. Caldwell. 

• Samuel Harris was perhaps son of Josiah and Hannah (King) Harris of Charles- 
town, Mass. He died in Boston, May 25, 17S9. 

1T4 Petition of PJben Thorndike and Others, 

4. Gulian V. Foster, b. Aug:. 23, 1S10; m. Alice Beverly, 
vii. Peter Talbot, b. Sept. 12, 1808; in. Deborah, daughter of Jacob 
Longfellow. She b. Dec. 27, 1809. Representative, 1S3S. He d. 
Oct. 4. 1S55, aged 47. The widow died Sept. 22, 1893. Children : 

1. Edgar, b. 1S36; d. at age of 15. 

2. Austin, b. July 10, 18-li ; graduated at Amherst College, 1S63 ; 

merchant of East Machias ; m. Miss Emily F., daughter of 
Col. William and Betsey T. Pope, Dec. 15. 1S6S; elected 
overseer Bowdoin College, 1SS4; Representative, 1869-01-93; 
Senator, 1879-SO. 

3. Herbert, b. Dec. 17, 1S46 ; [graduated at Bowdoin College, 

1S72; adopted the profession of music; organist, composer 
and teacher of music. Resides at East Machias. 

viii. Betsey Talbot, b. Julv 24, 1S10; m. Hiram Hill of Machias, 1S32. 
She d. 1833. Xo children. 

ix. Samuel, b. July 14. 1814; graduated Bowdoin College, 1S33, and at 
Andover Theological Seminary, 1838; minister at Conway. Mass., 
1841, and at Pittsrleld. Mass. about ten years; professor in Bangor 
Theological Seminary. 1855 to 1867; president of Bowdoin College, 
1867 to 1871 ; professor at Yale College. 1871, up to the present time; 
L.L.D1871; d.d. Williams College 1855 and Yale 1872; m. twice — 

m. first, Deborah Dickinson, and second, Mrs. Skinner. Xo 



"Pkovince of the Massachusetts Bay, > 

Jan'y 3d, 1762." 5 

"To His Excellency Francis Bernard, Esr/r, Captain General 
and Governor in and Over his Majesty's Province aj "ores 'J, 
the Honorable, His Majesty's Council and House of Repre- 
sentatives in General Court Assembled. ' 

We, the Subscribers, having been soldiers at Fort Pownall and 
now settled at a Place called Magebaggadeuse ou the Eastern Side 
of Penobscot Bay, and others desirous of settling there them- 
selves, or settling other good Families in their Room ; for the 
accommodation of Numbers that want Land, and to carry on the 
Fishery, Humbly request your Excellency and Honours wou'd 
Please to grant your Petitioners and their Heirs, a Township to 
be bounded as follows, beginning about three Miles above 
Casteens River, at a Place called Sandy Point and to run East- 
North-East Eight Miles, then South-South-East to the Ocean and 

Robert WMtcornb of Scitnate, Mass., and Sis Marriage, 175 

then West-South- West Ei^ht Miles and then to the first Bounds 
mentioned : containing a Neck of Land, Water and Islands ; and 
your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c." 

Edward Milliken - 
Nath'U Milliken 
Joseph Brown 
John Bicknell. Jun : r 
Eben'r T horndike 
Samuel Freeman 
Eze. Cushin^ 
Ezekiel Cushing, Jr. 
Jeremiah Gushing 
Joseph Milliken 
v Sam'l Cate 
Nathaniel Harmon 
John Trott 
Samuel Trott 
John Trott 
Thomas Trott 
Stephen Hutchinson 
Samuel Osborn 
Mark Haskell 
Benj'm Milliken 
Lemuel Smith 
Sauvl Elvill 
DanT Mackey 
Will'm Meserve}' 
Henry Herrick 
William Morgan 
William Bartlett 
John Roundy 
Nicholas Thorndike 
Andrew Thorndike 
Joseph Wood 
William Haskell 
Anthony Dyer 
Thomas Strout 
Samuel Wood 
Sam'l Trask 

Joshua Sylvester, Juner 
Samuel Sylvester 
David Sylvester 
Samuel Sylvester 
Samuel Trask 
Joseph Trask 
David Trask 
Spencer Bret 
Douglas Colby 
Thomas Trask 
Thomas Williamson 
Benjamin Frizzel 
Adam Sylvester 
Paul Thorndike 
John Mulberry Milliken 
Thomas Milliken 
Benjamin Bobbins 
Benjamin Bobbins, Juh. 
Archibald Haney 
Josiah Henry 
Daniel Noyes 
Stephen Coombs 
Joshua Coombs 
Andrew Simonton 
William Dyer 
George Dyer 
Benjamin Thorndike 
David Allen 
John Thorndike 
Joshua Woodbury 
Samuel Clark 
; John Robinson, Juifr -- 
Nath'l Ingersoll 
Nathaniel Jordan, Jr. 
Joseph Wilson 
Edward Milliken. Jr. 



In 1660 Robert 2 Whitconib, son of John 1 , married Mary, 
daughter of General James Cudworth, all of Scituate. This was 
a Quaker marriage and the authorities at Plymouth recognized no 
such marriage. The sequel is told in the extracts given herein, 
taken from the old Plymouth Colony Records. Robert and Mary 
came out all right and lived long, useful and happy lives. Their 
descendants in male and female lines are very numerous in Maine. 

176 Householders in Long Reach, now Bath, 175!). 

"March 5, 1651, Robert Whiteomb and Mary Cudworth for disorderly 
coming together without consent of parents and lawful marriage is 
sentenced to pay £10 and imprisoned during the pleasure of the Court ; 
and being desirous to be orderly married and accordingly were tiiis 

ninth of March, 1661." 

* * * * * * * * 

"Ezekiel Mayne for accompanying and countenancing of the said 

parties in their extravagant course for the accomplishing of their 

irregular purpose was fined twenty shillings." 


"June 10, 1661, Henry Hobson of Rode Island, acknowledged himself 
put under bonds for £40 to appear at Plymouth Court October next to 
answer for his derision of authority in marriage of Robert Whiteomb 
and Mary Cudworth. Memorandum, that Robert Whiteomb and wife, 

Robert Able and wife and Ezekiel Mayne be summoned as witnessess." 


"March 4, 1662, whereas Robert Whiteomb aud Mary Cudworth were 
formerly fined for disorderly coming together, &c, £10, having since 
been orderly married, and following their callings industriously, and 
attending the worship of God dilligently, the Court remitted £5 and the 
Treasurer was ordered to be slow in demanding the remainder." 


I. John Tarps married Kczia Cheney; published Nov. iS, 1755. 

II. Philip Hodgkins, wife Hannah. (Married Hannah Robinson ; 

published Aug. 13. 1756). 

III. James Springer's, Senior, tavern first in town. He married 

before coming here. 

IV. Joshua Philbrook married Elizabeth Alexander; published 

May 22, 1750. 

V. Joseph White married Maty W. Chapman; published Jan. 21, 


VI. Jonathan Philbrook. 1742, from Greenland, N. H. 

VII. Capt. Nathaniel Donnell, 1734; died 1760. 

VIII. Moses Hodgkins. 

IX. David Trufant, from Weymouth, Mass., 1741-5 ; married Mary 

Turner, 1832. 

X. N Brient Robinson. ^. 

XI. Jonathan Philbrook, Jr., married Mary Card; published May 

27, .'749. 

XII. Isaiah Crooker married Betsey Philbrook; published Oct. 24, 


Crane Family in Georgetown and Top sham. 177 


In the account of the family of Andrew Webster, Jr., and wife, 
Martha Crane of Bangor, in vol. iv, page 121, you make mention 
of the Crane family of Georgetown. 

Margaret Crane whom you name, went to Georgetown with 

her grandfather, Alexander Drummond, and his family in 1729. 

Her mother was then a widow with two daughters of whom 

Margaret was the elder. Her name as handed down was 

"Kneely," but this was undoubtedly a corruption of McNeil. 

Maigaret married Richard Crane by whom she had four children. 

all daughters. He died about 1747 and the widow married 

second, Daniel Morse ; published April, 1747. Crane children : 

i. Rebecca Crane, m. William Bryant; published April 24, 1756, in 
Georgetown. Children in Georgetown: 

1. Richard, b. Jan. 10. 1757. 

2. liebecca, b. Feb. 5, 1759. 
ii. Frances Crane. 

iii. Jane Crane. 

iv. Martha Crane, m. Andrew Webster, Jr.. of Bangor and Orono. about 
1766 in Georgetown. She d. Orono 1S23. He d. Nov. 1, 1807. 

Morse children who were ancestors of Morse families in 

Georgetown, Bath, Leeds, Baugor and other places: 

i. Daniel, b. Jan. 2. 1750. He m. perhaps "Molly Wayman;" pub. 

June 12. 1774. Eleven children. 
ii. David, b. April 13, 1752; married and had fifteen children. 
iii. Jonathan, b. Aug. 7, 1755; m. and had twelve children. 
iv. Margaret, d. unmarried in 1836. 

— Hon. Josiah H. Dmmmond. 


Jonathan Philbrook, Senior, was born in Hampton, N. H., 
about 1694. He removed to Greenland, N. H., about 1720 and 
joined the church there, and to Yorkf in 1728, then to Saco and 
then to Bath, 1762-3. He settled on the point of land where the 
Maine Central depot and wharves are now. September 11, 1753, 

* I use the name of Bath for convenience, 
t Philbrook Genealogy. 

178 Jonathan Philbrook, Senior, of Bath, 1742-47. 

he look a lease* of land of Nathaniel Dormell which was described 
as follows : 

"A certain tract of land in George Town containing 90 J acres 
being part of the lot of land called number three in the division 
of a large tract of land called 'Gooch's Claim'; fronting easterly 
by the Kennebec river 32 poles, carrying that breadth to the 
middle line running west, bounded bv the lot of land laid out to 
John Milliken on the north; and on the south other lands of 
Nathaniel Donnell, it bein£ the laud Nathaniel Donuell of York, 
bought of Nathaniel Donnell of George Town. Consideration, 
£60, 6s., 8d." 

Philbrook built a house near where General King's house stood, 
but he seems not to have completed his purchase and the land 
went back to Donnell, who, I think, deeded to Solomon Page, 
April 19, 1773, who devised it in his will to his son Edward Hall 
Page who probably sold it General King. 

Jonathan Philbrook built another house further back from the 
river in which his son Job lived with him. He and his sons were 
shipwrights and built and owned the first two vessels built in 
Bath prior to 1755. f Jonathan Philbrook, Senior, was the 
principal citizen in the Second Parish of George Town. In 1753 
he headed the petition with forty-six others to be set off into a 
parish by themselves. The General Court granted the petition 
and the Second Parish of George Town, now Bath, was organized 
April 2, 1754. Jonathan Philbrook, Senior, was chosen chair- 
man of the committee to employ a minister and locate the meeting 
house. His sons William, Joshua and Job were soldiers in the 
first company in Second Parish, 1757. He and sons Jonathan and 
Job were netitioners for the new Countv of Lincoln. 1752. He 
was twice married. His children whose descendants are numerous 
on the Kennebec and more numerous on Penobscot Bay, a race of 
shipwrights and mariners, were : 

i. William, b. 171S. He m. Mary Grant in Woolwich, published Sept. 
18. 1744. He was in what is now Gardiner, in 17u'2-o and sold out 
there to his brother Jonathan in 170S. In 17S4, I find him oil 700 
acre Island. Islesborough. Jonathan Stone, Surveyor 1784, says he 
was there before the war. He was drowned in Penobscot Bay 
about 1737. Seven or more children. 

* York Deeds, vol 30, page 231. 

| Me. Historical Society's .Reports, vol. 2, page 204. 

The Town of Surry. 179 

ii. Jonathan, b. 1721 ; m. Mary Card of George Town ; published May 
27, 1749. She d. 1753. and he m. second. Dorothy, daughter of Rev. 
Habijah Weld of Attleborough, Mass. He may have lived in Bos- 
ton for a short time, but he was in Cobosseeontee now Gardiner, in 
170$. He moved to Clinton where he is said to have built the first 
saw mill on the Sebasticook river. He d. 1S01. 

Hi'. Priscilla, bnprized Greenland 1722; m. John Barrows of Attlebor- 
ough. Mass. 12 children. 

iv. Eleanok. baptized Greenland, 1722. 

v. David, baptized Greenland. 1724. was in Gardiner prior to 1772. 
when he sold out to Dr. Gardiner. He m. Hannah Crosby. 

vi. Abigail, baptized Greenland 1725; m. Benjamin Thompson of Bruns- 
wick, published Aug. 9, 1744. 

vii. Joshua, b. Oct. 10. 1727; m. Elisabeth Alexander, published May 22, 
1750. He is said to have lived on the old homestead of his father. 
First Deacon of Congregational Church in Bath. 1790. He d. May 
27, 1821, aged 94. Eight children. His daughter Sarah said to have 
been the first white child b. in Bath. 

viii. Job. baptized 1729; m. first. Mary daughter of David and Mary 
(Turner) Trufant of Bath, published Nov. 12. 1750. She was b. in 
Weymouth, Mass. Oct. 29, \TS6. She d. 1774. and he m. second, 
Dolly Hinckley of Castine and third, m. widow Hannah Coombs. 
He was taken prisoner by the Indians in May 1744. but returned in 
about six weeks. He was in Gardiner 1705, and in Vinal Haven 
prior to 1773. and finally settled on 700 acre Island, Islesborough. 
He was a ship wright and a man of much intelligence. He was a 
scrivener; wrote deeds and papers for his neighbors. He d. about 
1S02. Eight children. 

ix. Betsy, baptized 1731 m. Isaiah Crooker of Bath, published Oct. 24, 

x. Joseph, (probably) b. about 1733; settled on 700 acre Island, Isles- 
borough ; m. Poll} T Lasell. Seven children. 


Was No. 6, one of the first six, or David Marsh townships, sur- 
veyed east of Penobscot River. It was situated on the westerly 
side of Union River bay and extended northerly, to near the first 
bridLre on the river. It also included a Gore on the easterly side 
of Union River, now the city of Ellsworth. A part of the town 
was set off to Ellsworth, March 3, 1809, but just when this Gore 
was incorporated into Ellsworth may not be so easy to see. 

It is said that at an early day there was a French settlement at 
Newbury Neck, probably when the ancient French fishermen dried 
their fish. It is pretty hard to locate the first settlers. I give 
them as I find them, with some dates. Symonds was one of the 
first, if not the first. He settled on the farm now owned by 
Samuel Wasson. William or Nicholas Weymouth settled at 
Wevmouth's Point; John Turner on Turner's Point. Jonathan 
Flye. Jumes Five sold out to Isaac Lord, 1794 ; Matthew Patten, 
I7G8 ; and John Patten from Saco ; Wilbraham Swett, Matthew 
Ray, Samuel Joy, Hezekiah Coggin, Rev. John Urquhart, the first 

180 The Talbot Family of East Machias. 

miDister, 1784; Andrew Flood sold out to Stephen Strong, June 
22, 1774, for £6Q, 13s., 4d., (Lincoln Records) ; Hopkinson 
Flood, Edward Sinclair, 1774; Solomon Annis, 1769; Moses 
Annis, 1774 ; Robert Patten, 1774; John Mann sold out June 20, 
1769, to David Sinclair; Leonard Jarvis. 



An act to incorporate the township called Xo. 6, on the eastern 
side of Penobscot River, in the County of Hancock, into a town 
by the name of Surry. 

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre- 
sentatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of 
the same, That the township called Xo. 6, on the eastern side < 
Penobscot River, in the County of Hancock, bounded as follow., 
viz. : On the west by the town of Rluehill and Bluehill Bay : on 
the north by the towns of Penobscot and Ellsworth ; and on the 
east and south bv Union River and Union River Bay ; with the 
inhabitants thereon, be, and they hereby arc incorporated into a 
town by the name of Surrv ; and the said town is hereby vested 
with all powers, privileges and immunities which ether towns in 
this commonwealth do, or may by law enjoy. 

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That Melatiah Jordan, 
Esq., be, and he hereby is empowered to issue his warrant to call 
the rirst meeting. — Approved June 2, 1803. 



Peter Talbot, the first settler. Representative to the General Court 
John Coffin Talbot, Sen., Representative 1S25-31 ; Senator 1S32- 

33-3 6 "37- 

Micah Jones Talbot, Representative 1823-39-48 ; Senator 1S49-53. 

John Coffin Talbot, Jr., Representative from Lubec 1849-50-51- 

52—53-56-57 ; Speaker 1S53 ; Representative from East Machias 1S74- 

Samuel Hammond Talbot, Executive Councillor 1S46; Senator 

James Rich Talbot, Representative 1859-62-64-71-73-74-7S-79 ; 
Senator 1S76. 

Charles Hammond Talbot, Representative 1S62. 

Francis Loring Talbot, Representative 1867; Senator 1869-70. 

Peter Stephen Jones Talbot, Representative 1S45-68. 


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Vol. VIII. Bangor, Me., Oct., Nov., Dec, 1893. Nos. 10, 11, 12 


This article will deal chiefly with that part of Ellsworth lying 
easterly of Union River. The loss of the early records of the 
town is irreparable. Lincoln County Records have been examined 
and also those of Hancock County. Much has been learned by 
ancient deeds and court records.* 

The original Union River Settlement comprised parts of Trenton 
and township Xo. 7. The first settlers were principally from 
Biddeford, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth. They settled on 
the banks of the river just above and below the Head of the Tide. 
When the townships were lotted out their lots were run out about 
as fiev had arranged among themselves. 

Without doubt Benjamin Milliken is entitled to the name of 
Founder ; others came with him but he was the head and front of 
the undertaking.. Dates sometimes conflict, but documentary 
evidence straightens out history. 

Mrs. Abigail Lord, wife of Isaac Lord and daughter of Benjamin 
Milliken, related to Doctor Calvin Peck in 1837f "that she was 
the first female who came here, she then being fourteen years of 
age ; that a camp was erected against a large rock which was 
behind the store of Samuel Dutton. In that camp her father lived 
and she cooked for the men until the house was built. This 
house stood between the house owned by Mr. Bunker and the 
house of Benjamin J. Tinker." 

* The writer of this article is much indebted to the communications in the Ellsworth 
American in 1S92, by William Freeman, Enquire of Cherrytiekl. 

t Doctor Peck's lecture printed in the Ellsworth American, Nov. 19, 1868. and 
reprinted in 1888, and in part in this Magazine, vol. 5, page 106. 


Materials for a History of Ellsivorth, Me, 

Mrs. Lord died in May, 1838, aged 87 years. In the great 
law suit, Jarvis vs. Jones, in 1812-13, it was proved that Milliken 
moved on to a tract of land in 1767 and built a house in which he 
lived six or seven years and then built another house in which he 
lived until he left town in 1779. The first house was in that part 
of Surry east of Union River, and the second house stood about 
fifteen rods distant in township No. 7, now Ellsworth, probably 
on the westerly side of Hancock street a few rods from Main 
street and was probably the house occupied by the late Master 
Nahum H. Hall. 

Other settlers in 1767 and later were : 

Thomas Miiliken, 
Samuel Milliken, 
Jonathan Fly, 
Levi Foster, 
John Turner, 
Simon Tarbox, 
John Smith, 
Isaac Smith, 
Benjamin Davis, 
James Milliken, 
Joseph Moor, 
Edward Moor, 

In 1770 and after : 

Israel Davis, 
Edward Beal, 
Samuel Jordan, Sen.. 
Samuel Jordan, Jr., 
Melatiah Jordan, 
Richard Jordan, 
John Tinker, 
Joseph Card, 
James Hopkins, 
Rev. John Urquhart, 
P^lias Miiliken, 
Domiuicus Beal, 
John "Went worth, 
Thomas Hapworth, 
Peter Page, 

Benjamin Joy & Sons, 
Benjamin Jellison & Sons, 
Daniel Treworgy, 
Mark Treworgy, 
Asa Waite, 
Joseph Fernald, 
Asa Smith, 
John Smith, 
William Weymouth, 
Hopkinson Flood, 
Joshua Moor, 
Benjamin Bates, Sen. 

Joshua Maddox & Sons, 
Joseph March, 
John Murch, 
Joseph Patten, „ 
Isaac Lord, 
Robert Milliken, 
George Ilaslam, 
Theodore Jones, 
Alfred Langdon, 
Joseph Garland, 
James Treworgy, 
Gera Townsend, 
John Fabrique, 
Geo. Brimmer, 
And others. 




Mn+vriate for a History of Ellsworth, Me, 183 

Prior to and during the Revolutionary War the hardy pioneers 
had a struggle for existence. Several of them served in the war. 

In 1784 the inhabitants sent a petition to the General Court 
asking for a grant of their lands : 


To the Honorable the Senate and the Honorable House of Representatines 
of the Commonv:eol'h of Massachusetts Bay : 

The Humble Petition of a number of the Inhabitants Settled on the 
Banks of Union River and thereabouts, Humbly Showeth that some of 
us have been Inhabitants for seventeen years and have laid out our all 
to Build ourselves houses and to clear and cultivate the land we now 
enjoy but being apprehensive from the great turn of affairs that have 
taken place iu the State for which we sincerely congratulate it that 
these lands may be granted away to those that have jeoparded their 
lives in the field or to pay the great charge the IState has been at and 
perhaps not knowing that there are any Inhabitants here which we are 
bold to say are as true friends to the present State and constitution as 
any in any part thereof. 

Though we have been obliged to bow to the power of Britain while 
we were under their noses or lose all that we had, as several of us have 
had our cattle drove off to the British Garrison for not conforming to 
their orders in season. 

If it be considered that this wilderness being partly settled will make 
the remainder more valuable to the State we hope the prayer of this 
Petition will be granted, that we may be established in our present 
possessions, and we shall ever pray. 

Union River, March 2<o, 1784. 


Edward Beal, Thos. Milliken, 

Benjamin Joy, Josiah Garland, 

Joshua Maddocks, John Joy, 

Samuel Joy, Isaac Lord, 

Benjamin Jellison, James Davis, 

Nathaniel Jellison, John Smith, 

John Jellison, Dominicus Beal, 

William Jellison, John Murch, 

Elias Milliken, Joseph Murch, 

Melatiah Jordan, Ebenezer Jordan, 

184 Materials for a History of Ellsworth. Me. 

George Haslam, Joseph Morrison, 

James Hopkins, James Treworgy, 

John Tinker, Nathaniel Jordan, 

Samuel Davis. 

(Mass. Archives* — Dr. J. F. Pratt.) 

Nothing came of this. Surry, which was a part of the settle- 
ment, was ancient township No. 6 east of Penobscot River, a 
small part of the town being on the east side of Union River. 
In 1786 John Peters run out No. 6 and described it as follows : 


"Number seven contains 31,354 acres and is bounded as follows: 
Beginning at a spruce tree on the eastern side of Union River being 
the N W corner of number one ; then running east on the north line 
of srid No. one to a pine tree being the S E corner of said number 
seven and the S W corner of number eight in the other or middle division, 
the north nine miles to a hemlock tree marked thus 17SG-N E C B of 
No. 7 J P ; then west eight miles and 270 rods to a large birch ; then by 
the eastern line of No. Two, South 20d East 5 miles & 40 rods to the 
N W corner of No. G as run by Holt ; then on the northern line of said 
No. 6, South 60d East six miles and So rods to the N E corner of said 
number six ; then down the eastern line of No. six aforesaid South od 
W half a mile to Union river ; then down the said river to the Spruce 
tree first mentioned." — Surveyed by John Piters, 1786. 


July 6, 1787, the General Court granted to De Gregoire and 
wife an additional Grant of land on the Main land. John Peters 
run out this Grant in 1788. He paid no attention to town lines 
except the northerly line of Surry. The Grant embraced the 
whole of Trenton, a part of No. 8, and a part of No. 7, now 
Ellsworth. Mr. Peters made his report to the General Court 
accompanied by a plan, Jan. 28, 1789. An ancient copy of the 
plan — I should think nearly one hundred years old — is now in 
the office of Hale & Hamlin and not on record at the office of the 
Registry of Deeds for Hancock County. How any abstract of 
titles to real estate in that part of the city of Ellsworth easterly 

• Ante vol. 4, page 234. 

Materials for a History of Ellsiuorth, Me. 185 

of Union River can be made without it is a marvel ! A copy of 
this deed has been engraved and may be found in this Magazine, 
to which especial reference is made with reference to this article. 
Figures have been inserted in the map showing several points of 

"This is a Plan of the French Grant taken bv me, the subscriber 
agreeable to Instructions I have received from Nathan Jones, Esq., of 
Gotildsborough, Bartholomew DeGregoire, Esq., and Maria Theresa 
DeGregoire, Nee De Cadillac, his wife, by and with the advice of Gen. 
Samuel Thompson who personally attended in behalf of the State in 
the year 1788; — in laying the out lines of said Grant and in March, 
1792 this Plan was completed, and there remains 22,684 acres of land 
for DeGregoire, Esq., after Quieting the Settlers and deducting 6,553 
for Nathan Jones, Esq., Exclusive of the Island. Errors excepted. 





"The outlines of the French Grant are as follows : First we begun 
at a stake and stones near an old mill dam on the eastern side of Skill- 
ings river called Sweedlaud's Mill* ; from said stake and stone we run first 
N 552 rods to Taunton Bav ; then we crossed over said Bav 432 rods 
the same course ; then from said Bay we run 460 rods to a pine tree 
marked for N E corner of said Grant ; then we run W seven miles and 
56 rods to Union river ; thence we run same on W side of Union River 
2 Miles and 172 rods to a stake and stone ; thence we run S 60d E to 
Union River: thence we crossed said river upon the same course 176 
rods to a stake and stone, this stands in Meletiah Jordan's field ; from 
thence S 18 1-2 W to Union River ; from thence following the stone 
to the first mentioned lands." 

In this Grant the old settlers were protected in their possessions 
and their lots run out 1788-1793. From John Peters' plan I copy 
so much as shows the settlement in what is now Ellsworth, and 
by reference to this plan and the held notes I give a description 
of lots. The lots were run out about as they agreed among them- 
selves. Beginning at the northerly line of the French Grant and 
running down river : 

* Nov. 27. 1770. Robert Gould and Francis Shaw both of Boston, sold Nathan Jones 
of Gotildsborough, Saw Mill known bv the name of Sweedland Mill and an Island and 
house adjacent for £1000.— [Lincoln Records, Vol. VII, Page 153. 

186 Materials for a History of Ellsworth, Me. 

I. William Fletcher's lot was south of and on the French line— a 

three cornered lot 82 acres and 104 rods. 

II. Robert Milliken's lot next below was deeded to him by De Gre- 

goire and wife, Dec. 13, 1788. "First we begin at a stake 
that stands near the mouth of a small creek on the east side 
of Union river about 56 rods above the Upper Mills (1792). 
Our first course is due east 10 rods to an Oak stump. We 
run north 45 degrees East till we crost the town line — this is 
the line between said Fletcher & Robert Miiliken. Now we 
begin at said Fletcher's bounds, & run down the river till 
we get said Milliken's lot 42 rods in width — then we begin 
at the river & run back until said Milliken's lot contains 100 
acres of land. 

III. Henry Maddox's lot, 102 acres, 96 rods, 41 rods wide on the 

river and running N. 45 degrees E. 

IV. Benjamin Jellison's lot 62 rods wide on Union River. He sold 

John Jellison a part of his lot March 1, 1787. 

V. James Hopkins' lot next southerly 54 rods wide on Union 


VJ . William Jellison's lot next, 76 rods on Union River ; De Gregoire 
and wife deeded him Dec. 13, 1788. 

VII. George Haslam's lot was next. It bounded on William Jellison 

at the river ; from along (down) the river until we come to 
No. six line till we get said Haslem's lot 42 rods wide. 

VIII. Nathan Jones had lot next southerly 40 rods wide bounded on 

Surry line and not running to the river. It seems that this 
was Thomas Milliken's lot who deeded to Jones : Thomas 
Miiliken of Union River, Gent'n, "deed to Nathan Jones of 
Gouldsborough, Esq'r, 18th September, 1783, for considera- 
tion of one hundred pounds, one hundred Acres of Land 
scituate lying and being on the east side of Union River and 
bounded on the west by said River and the Mill Priviledge, 
on the south by a Lot of Land, the original Right of James 
Scott and Northerly by land of Capt. George Haslem 
extending easterly about one Mile and a Quarter." Deed 
witnessed by Theod'r Jones, Wm. Tupper. 

— Lincoln County Records, vol. 16, page 212. 

IX. Ivory Hovey's lot next, was bounded on Surry line 40 rods wide. 

It was originally settled on by James Scott, who sold his 
interest to Ivory Hovey. De Gregoire and wife deeded to 

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Hovey, Dec. 13, 1788, and Hovey to Melatiah Jordan, 
Nov. 14, 1793. As in all other deeds of those times the 
Surry town line was ignored and the lot bounded on the W. 
by the Union River : "Ivory Hovey of Berwick, in considera- 
tion of £390 paid by Melatiah Jordan of Union River, 
Gentlemen, sold "A certain lot of land containing 12 
. acres more or less, situated and lying on the west side of 
Union River * * * being the same I bought of Samuel 
Milliken bounded on southern side by land now owned bv 
Theodore Jones, which formerly belonged to Benjamin 
Milliken deceased ; and westerly by said River ; also one lot 
adjoining said lot by the river and bounded northerly by 
land now improved by Theodore Jones which formerly 
belonged to Thomas Milliken deceased, containing 100 acres 
more or less being land I purchased of Bartholomew DeGre- 
goire and wife by their deed of Dec. 13, 1788; being the 
same formerly owned by James Scott, with all the buildings 
and appurtenances on each lot, also one-sixteenth of the 
Eastern Double saw mill with all the privilege? and appur- 
tenances thereunto belonging, being four days in a month of 
the stream saw in said mill at the lower falls. * * * The 
premises now being improved by Mr. Richard Jordan and 
John Wentworth agreeable to a lease given by said Hovey. 

* * * 

Dated Nov. 14, 1793. 

TEM. [?] HOVEY, 



X. Melatiah Jordan's home lot was next southerly 38 rods wide on 

the Surry gore. In 1883 he bought of Samuel Milliken a 
lot; "Samuel Milliken of Union River, conveys to Melatiah 
Jordan in consideration of 45,000 feet of merchantable 
boards, a certain tract of land laying on the North East 
side of Union River, beginning at a Rock the South East 
Side of Doctor Ivory Harvey's store, from thence to run 
North East one mile and a half ; and thence North West 
39 rods more or less, to a spruce tree ; and thence South 
West to said Union River; and thence by the river to the 
first, * * * (bounds) except so much of said lot as I 

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have sold to Doctor Ivory Hovey as by his Deed will 
appear." August 9, 1873. 


Acknowledged before Wm. Shaw, J. P., Jan. 3, 1785. 
Recorded in Eastern District of Lincoln County at Machias, 
Oct. 1st, 1785." 

Milliken's title was only by right of possession, and by a 
deed from William Maxfield to him May 11, 1769 at Fal- 
mouth, (found among Melatiah Jordan's papers unrecorded,) 
described as follows : "situate and being bounded as follows, 
viz : westerly on Union River ; northerly on land of James 
Scott ; easterly on vacant land and southerly on land of 
Benjamin Milliken, or however, else the same may be butted 
or bounded, and I do hereby quit all my Game or Pretensions 
to the above land and all Privileges thereto belonging unto 
him the said Samuel Milliken, his heirs and assigns 
forever. * * * " 

These deeds of Maxfield and Milliken cover the land on 
the Surry Gore, and the decision in the Jarvis and Jones 
case in 1812 makes the title in Jordan. In 1788 DeGregoire 
and wife conveyed the lot in No. 7 to Jordan. 

"Bartholomew DeGregoire of Boston, and Maria Teresa- 
de Gregoire, nee Cadillac, his wife, in consideration of 
seven and a half Spanish Milled dollars, and in further con- 
sideration that he is a Settler sells to Melatiah Jordan, 
Gentleman; "a certain Tract of land containing 149 acres, 
situated in the County of Lincoln, bounded as follows: 
Beginning at a stake and stones on No. C Township Line, on 
the East side of Union River, between Ivory Hovey and said 
Jordan; from thence running North East 258 rods ; then 
turning and running South East 38 rods ; thence turning and 
running South West 280 rods to the aforesaid Town line ; 
then following said line to the first mentioned bounds, con- 
taining 49 acres ; (then beginning a back lot the North East 
corner of James Hopkins lot at a small, yellow birch tree ; 
from thence running North GO degrees, East 1G0 rods ; then 
turning and running South 30 degrees. East 100 rods ; then 

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running South 60 degrees, West 160 rods; then running 

North 30 degrees, West 100 rods to the first mentioned 

bounds containing the remaining 100 acres.) 

December 13, 1788. 


. nee CADILLAC. 




Acknowledged at Oak Point, Dec. 18, 1788, before 
Nicholas Holt, J. P. Recorded in Hancock Registry, March 
18. 1819, book No. 38, page 518. Put on record after the 
death of Col. Jordan, by Col. John Black, Administrator." 

Upon this lot was Col. Jordan's first homestead. The 
remains of the cellar of his house may be seen just northerly 
of Judge Emery's house, it was on what was called the old 
Mount Desert road. All or nearly all of his children were 
born in that house. About 1806 he built a new house 
nearer the river which he occupied until his death. Some 
time after, this second house was moved off the lot and 
rebuilt and is known as the Arno Wiswell house ; and 
Andrew Peters built a new house on the Milliken lot which 
was the well known Peters homestead. 

XI. Theodore Jones's lot next southerly, wa3 the original lot 
settled on by Benjamin Milliken, the Founder of the town. 
Nathan Jones of Gouldsborough, took the lot on an execu- 
tion in 1784. "Levy by Nathan Jones land of Benjamin 
Milliken late of Union River, 9th July, 1784, 'containing 
one hundred and twenty-five Acres scituate on the eastern 
side of Union River, bounded on the West by said River, on 
the South by Land of Isaac Lord, on the West by Land of 
Doctor Ivory Hovey and Melatiah Jordan.' Appraised at 
£260." — Lincoln Records, vol. 17, p. 50. 

Nathan Jones sold out his interest to his son, Theodore 
Jones in 1785, who settled there the same year. DeGregoire 
deeded the lotto the son, Dec. 13, 1788. John Peters run 
it out the same year as seen by the plan and his notes. 

"Theodore Jones' lot. Beginning at the southwest corner 
of Melatiah Jordan's lot on No. 6 township line ; then 
running said line S. 18 deg. W. until it strikes Union River; 

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then running down said river about 33 rods, five feet to the 
southward of a rock called the 'Punch Bowl ;' from thence 
running first N. E. 24 rods; thence N. 38 1-2 E. 97 Rods 
the N. E. being parallel with the dividing line between 
Melatiah Jordan and said Jones's, those N. E. lines to run 
back until they contain 100 acres and 22 rods." 

Mr. Jones lived on this lot probably in the second house 
built by Benjamin Milliken, which stood a few rods from 
State street on the westerly side of Hancock street between 
No. 3 and No. 5 on said street. Later in life he built 
another house further up in which he died. A very large part 
of the thickly settled portion of Ellsworth was originally the 
Jones lot. 

XII. Isaac Lord's lot was next southerly. He bought two lots of 
Thomas Milliken, one in 1773 and the other in 1781. I do 
not see where the first lot was. "Benjamin Milliken of 
Union River sells to Isaac Lord of Scarboro for £10 Lot on 
East side of Union River of five acres ; beginning at a pine 
tree on the river ; then N. E. 80 rods, bv Thomas Milliken's 
land ; thence 10 rods S. E. ; from thence S. W. to riverside, 
and thence to first. Dated Sept. 25, 1773. 


Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, Aug. 19, 1786. Person- 
ally appeared Benjamin Milliken and acknowledged the 
above deed. 

Before me, COLIN CAMPBELL, J. P." 

Recorded in Lincoln Eastern District Registry of Deeds 
at Machias, Vol. I, page 59. 

At this time, 1773, Isaac Lord was of Scarboro. The 
second deed to Isaac Lord of Union River in 1781 was 
probably Thomas Milliken's home lot. 

u Thomas Milliken conveyed to Isaac Lord of Union River 
for 60,000 feet of merchantable pine lands 4 a certain lot of 
land lying on Union River containing by estimation 120 
acres more or less, abutted and bounded as follows : begin- 
ning at a pine tree on the S. corner of said lot; thence 
running N. E. in a right line 400 rods bounded by land now 
belonging to said Isaac Lord and Edward Beal ; thence 

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running N. W. 51 rods; thence S. W. to a brook called 
gravelly brook ; from said brook running to a log fence 
lying between the premises and land of Benjamin Milliken ; 
and from said fence to the river aforesaid ; then running on 

I said river 37 rods to the pine tree first mentioned.' Deed 

dated Oct. 29, 1781. Signed by wife, Mary Milliken, and 
: "witnessed by Ebenezer Jordan, Christian Jordan and 

Melatiah Jordan." — Lincoln Records, vol. 16, page 207. 
De Gregoire and wife deeded Lord same premises, Dec. 
I 19, 1788. 

XIII. Joanna Beat's lot was next southerly on Union River. This 
lot was settled on by her husband Edward Beal. He died 
previous to 1792. She probably married second, Abraham 
Somes, Sen. of Mt. Desert, April 5, 1794. 

XIV. John Tinker lot next south on Union River. He lived on 
Plantation No. 7 in 1798. In Dr. Peck's lecture he states 
that Tinker and Card exchanged lots, but the whole matter 
is mixed. 

XV. Joseph Card's lot next — whereon he built a mill on what was 
originally called Beal's Brook but later Card's Brook. I 
find no deed on record to or from Joseph Card. His mill 
was taxed in Ellsworth, 1800, being the first mill on the list. 
He lived in Towuship No. 7, Ellsworth, 1798. 

XVI. Levi Foster's lot next southerly. De Gregoire and wife deeded 
him Dec. 12, 1788, "a certain tract or parcel of land con- 
taining one hundred acres, situated, lying and being in the 
County of Lincoln and Commonwealth of Massachusetts and 
bounded as follows, viz. : Beginning at a pine stump at the 
Southwest corner of Joseph Card's lot, on the East side of 
Union River, from thence running due East one hundred 
and seventy-two rods to a spruce tree ; then turning and 
running due South eighty rods ; then turning and running 
due West to the aforesaid Union River ; then following the 
shore to the first mentioned bounds." 

— Hancock Records, vol. 3, page 93. 

July 15, 1808, Levi Fester of Machias, sold Dominicus 
Jordan Card of Ellsworth, land in Ellsworth, " bounded N. 
by land of Joseph Card, 100 rods in width and extending 
back same width as in front until it makes 100 acres." 

— Hancock Records, vol. 25, page 62. 

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In the deed he conveys the gore lot of 20 rods in width 
between his lot and Solomon Jordan's. Levi Foster was 
eon of Col. Benjamin Foster of Machias, and married Sarah 
Beal, probably daughter of Edward. The ancient town line 
is on this lot. 

XVII. Gore lot southerly 20 rods wide, belonged to Nathan Jones 

which he probably sold to Levi Foster. 

XVIII. Solomon Jordan lot next southerly on Union River. He 

settled on this lot 1770, in Trenton. [July 30, 1783, he sold 
Ben Bates 3 3-4 acres of land off from this lot ; beginning 

at a stone two rods South of Bates wharf ; then North 62, 
East 24 rods ; then North 5, West 30 rods to a spruce tree ; 
then West 20 rods to the river ; then southerly by said river 
by high water mark to stone south of Bates wharf. 
Benjamin Bates of Salem, mariner, sold 1-2 of this lot with 
house and hovel on it to Jona. Nutting and Ebenezer Wood- 
ward, Feb. 12, 1782. Mary Bates of Salem, Mass., Execu- 
trix of last will and Testament of Benjamin Bates of Salem, 
mariner; power of sale of administratrix dated April, 1789. 
Sold the other 1-2 to Ebenezer Woodard of Boston, Junel8, 
1792, for £7, 10s.] 

Nathan Jones deeded Jordan this lot June 27, 1794, 
bounded : "beginning at a high point above Bates wharf 

so called; thence East one mile to a spruce tree; 

thence South 50 rods to a tree ; thence West until it strikes 
a brook ; thence by said brook to Union River, 96 acres." 

XIX. Ebenezer Jordan next lot south. Settled there 1770. Town 

officer in Trenton many years prior to 1809. A town way 
was laid out in Trenton to Ebenezer Jordan's landing 
in 1802. 

XX. Nathan Jones, gore lot next south 34 rods wide. 

XXI. Joseph Morrison on lot next south. He from Wells, Me. 

Removed to Mariaville prior to 1811. Aug. 2, 1S11, he 
sold the lot upon which he had lately lived to Joseph 
Morrison, Jr. his son, lot bounded as follows : beginning at 
a large peeked rock about 34 rods to southward of Ebenezer 
Jordan's lot ; thence run East 342 rods ; thence South 45 1-2 
rods ; thence West to Union River. 

— Hancock Records, vol. 31, page 471. 

Joseph Morrison, Jr's son Ebenezer E. Morrison now lives on the 
same homestead. Aug. 26, 1804 a road was laid out by the town of 
Trenton, running due North to the town line 240 rods from Morrison's 

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Sold their interest in this Grant, Aug. 12, 1792, to General 
Henry Jackson of Dorchester, and he sold to William Bingham 
and others July 9, 1796. 

General David Cobb of Gouldsboro, relates in his diaryf Aug. 
21, 1797, that he and Col. Nathan Jones went up Union River as 
far as the first falls, and that on their way up they stopped on the 
Trenton side of the bay, and that there were valuable lands there, 
the most of which belongs to us and Jones. Put up at Theodore 
Jones' near the lower mills. Near this in No. 8 he says is 
valuable Iron Ore. 

After the incorporation of Trenton, 1790, the inhabitants of 
No. 7, now Ellsworth were taxed in Trenton and voted there 
according to the laws relating to plantations. They held such 
offices as belonged to their plantations, but no town office such 
as selectman, clerk or treasurer. 

In 1798, the inhabitants sent a petition to the General Court 
for incorporation. 



From Massachusetts Archives. 

"To the Honourable Senate and House of Representatives of the 

Common Wealth of Massachusetts. 

We the subscribers, inhabitants of the Plantation No. 7, on the East 
and West sides of Union River, in the County of Hancock, Humbly 
Show, that we labour under great disadvantages by being obliged to pay 
our taxes with the town of Trenton, as some part of us has to Travel 
Twelve Miles to attend our annual Meeting — therefore we humbly Pray 
your Honours to Incorporate us into a Town by the Name of Sumner, 
or to set us off by ourselves, so that we may have the Prevelidges of 
Taxing ourselves, for the support of Publick Worship, Schools, the lay- 

* Hancock Records, vols. 1, pige 518, and 4, page 74. 
t Ante, vol. 5, page 72. 


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ing out and making Necessary Roads in said Plantation, which other 
Towns very reasonably Injoy — and as In duty bound will ever pray. 

George Brimmer, 
James Hopkins, 
George Lord, 
William Jellison, 
William Fletcher, 
George Haslam, Jr., 
James Milliken, 
Thomas Hapworth, 
Saml. Debuk, 
John Tinker, 
Joseph Card, 
Peter Page, 

Theodore Jones, 
George Haslam, 
Melatiah Jordan, 
Edward Moor, 
Nath. Jellison, 
John Jellison, 
Joseph Moore, 
Joshua Moore, 
Joseph Moore, Jr., 
Gera. Townsend, 
Nathaniel Smith, Jr. 

Robert Milliken, 
Allen Milliken, 
Caleb Maddock, 
Nathanl. Smith, 
William Smith, 
Samuel Maddocks, 
Thomas Greek, ( ?) 
El' Wormwood, 
John Wintwerth, 
William Fletcher, 
Josiah Garland, 
Josiah Garland, Jr." 

Daniel Treworgy, 

The petition above given was presented, and referred to the 
General Court, Feb. 6, 1798. It slumbered for two years, when 
the Act incorporating the town of Ellsworth was passed, Feb. 
26, 1800. The prayer of the petition, that the new town should 
be named Sumner, was not complied with. 

an act to incorporate the town of ellsworth, approved 

feb. 26, 1800. 

Described as follows: "Beginning at Union River at the north- 
easterly corner of No. 6, (Surry,) thence north 60°, West six miles to 
corner ; thence north 18°, west 5 1-4 miles to a corner being on the line 
of Township No. 2, (incorporated the present session by the name of 
Orland) ; thence easterly on Township No. 8, nine miles to a corner; 
thence south by No. 14 and No. 8 in the lottery townships, nine miles to 
the north line of Trenton : thence west bv said Trenton line, two miles 
to Union River ; thence up said river and bounding thereon 1 3-4 miles 
to the place of beginning." 

Theodore Jones authorized to call first meeting April 14, 1800. 
George Haslam was chosen moderator; Theodore Tones, clerk; George 
Brimmer, Nathaniel Jellison and Theodore Jones, selectmen ; James 
Hopkins, Treasurer; John Fabrique, Collector. 

From a transcript of the first valuation book, 1800, the following 
facts were gathered ; in the list of persons taxed were 44 residents and 
5 non-residents. Eight of the residents — John Tinker, Melatiah Jordan, 
John Fabrique, George Haslem, James Hopkins, Nathaniel Jellison. 
Edward Moore, register themselves as having two taxable heads or polls. 

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The property invoiced for valuation and taxation, consisted of houses, 
barns, number of days in saw mill, ditto in grist mills, farm animals, 
sheep excepted, and number of acres of land; vessels not taxed. Of 
the 29 houses taxed, Theodore Jones aud Melatiah Jordan had the best 
two, each valued at $500 ; George Haslem and James Hopkins had the 
2d best two, valued at $300 each. Of the 23 barns, George Haslem's, 
George Brimmer's and Joseph Moore's were valued $100 each. 

The next assessed value is on number of days in saa: mill at from $10 
to $20 a day. Thus, Theodore Jones is held for 24 days at $20 a day 
or $480. John Fabrique and Daniel Somes each are held for 2-1 days, 
$480. George Brimmer's 24 days at $240. Number of days in grist 
mill, Jones is held for 24 days at $200, and William Haddocks one day 
at $200. At the head of the column of saw mills was that of 
Joseph Card's. 

In 1807 the following petition was sent to the General Court 
for the annexation of parts of Trenton and Surry : 

"To the Honorable Senate and the Honorable House of Representatives 
of the Commonioealth of Mass. in Gen. Court assembled in the year of 
our Lord eighteen hundred and seven. 

The petitioD of the subscribers, inhabitants of the towns of Ellsworth, 
Surry & Trenton in the Co. of Hancock in said Commonwealth humbly 
shows that the principal settlement in said town is situated around the 
head of navigation on Union River and contiguous thereto upon the 
adjacent corners of each of said towns and almost equally distant from 
the geographical centers of all of them. 

That the center of said settlement or village on Union River is better 
situated to accomodate that part of the towns of Surry & Trenton 
particularly described hereafter together with that part of the town of 
Ellsworth now settled, as the center of a town, than any other part of 
either of said towns now is with the present boundaries. 

That from the natural form, shape and disposition of the lands in the 
neighborhood of the village of Union River, and particularly from the 
circumstances of its lying on a small narrow river, so narrow as to 
admit of most easy communication over it by bridges, and from the 
interests, business and conveniences of a public, private and local 
nature being entirely the same among the inhabitants and ever likely to 
be so, it is evident as anything of such nature can be that whatever 
alteration may hereafter take place in the adjacent country upon its 

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settlement the convenience and necessities of the people inhabiting said 
village, and within a suitable distance of it, will always make it of the 
highest importance to them that the centre of said village should be the 
centre of a town. 

That the inhabitants of said village by being divided into nearly three 
equal parts by the dividing lines of said towns are rendered utterly 
unable to act in concert or with efficiency in any public concerns how- 
ever obviously beneficial or necessary they may be. 

That if said villages of Union River should be united by incorporation 
with the town of Ellsworth the other parts of Surry & Trenton will be 
left in as good, or better condition for their own convenience while the 
inhabitants of said villages will be in every respect much better 
accommodated than at present. 

To exhibit in a more conclusive and convincing manner the correct- 
ness, or truth of the above statement and in the importance to said 
inhabitants of the Union hereafter prayed for your petitioners beg 
leave to present a plan of all said towns as correctly drawn as circum- 
stances would permit to which they subjoin a memorial of some other 
matters which may be necessary to be known. 

Wherefore your petitioners humbly pray that this honorable court, 
taking into consideration the evils to which they are now subjected and 
the privileges and advantages to which their situation entitles them, will 
set off to said Ellsworth, & incorporate therewith into one town so 
much of said Surry as lies northerly of a line beginning at a stake & 
stones on the western side of Union River near its mouth where the line 
between lot No. 20 now improved by Tohn Jordan and lot No. 21, now 
improved by Benj. Lord touches said river; thence running on the line 
between said lots north 72 deg. west one mile and 22 rods to a marked 
tree ; thence north 50 deg. west to the westerly line of said Surry, and 
that part of said Trenton in said Co. included as follows, viz : 

Beginning at the southeast corner of the town of Ellsworth in said 
Co. ; thence running south 25 deg. west 3 miles 110 rods ; thence south 
81 deg. west to Union River Bay ; thence northerly by said Bay & 
Union River to the southern boundary lines of said Ellsworth, and 
thence east on said line of Ellsworth 2 miles to the place of beginning. 

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Solomon Jordan 
Ebenezer Jordan 
Joseph Morrison 
John Whitaker 
Benjamin Jordan 
John G. Jordan 
Nathaniel Jordan 
Nathan Jordan 
Joseph Jordan 
John Tucker or Tinker, Jr. 
Jacob Sawyer 
Caleb Mattocks 
~Jacob Lord 
John Fnllerton 
Joseph Murch 
Joseph Tyler 
Alfred Langdon 
Sabiu Pond 
Dyer Peters 
William Fletcher 
George Herbert 
Benj. Gal inly ( ?) 
John Maddocks 
Nathan Joy 
Daniel Lovlycott ( ?) 
John Bates 
Micajah Lunt 
Wm. Urquhart 
John Vose 
Amos Parsons 
Benj. Joy 
Jesse Dutton 
Ben. Joy, Jr. 
Wyatt Moor 
Samuel Joy 
Nathaniel Treworgy 
James Davis 
James Grant 
Joshua Maddocks 
Abijah Smith 
Nathaniel Smith, Jr. 
Edward Moor, Jr. 
Abner Moor 
Thomas Gallenyd ( ?) 
Eli Wormwood 
Wyatt Wormwood 
John Garland 
Edward Garland 

Joseph Garland 
Allen Milliken 
George Haslem 
James Treworsjv 
Moses Adams 
John Moor 
Benj. Milliken 
Elias J. Ingersoll 
John Jordan 
Benj. Moor 
Amaziah Treworgy 
William Dollard 
Joseph Milliken, Jr. 
Melatiah Jordan 
John Wentworth 
Wm. Jellison 
George Hopkins 
Elias Town send 
Samuel Maddocks 
James Davis, Jr. 
Edward Beals 
Joseph Lord 
Jonathan Robinson 
Samuel Joy, 3d 
William Maddocks 
Jona. Chamberlain 
Nathaniel Smith 
John Hopkins 
Joseph Brown 
Nathaniel Parker 
Joseph Ames 
Joseph Jellison 
James Hopkins 
Ross Hopkins 

David M. 

Robt. Milliken, Jr. 
James Fletcher 
Zelotes Grover 
George Brimmer 
Geonre Lord — 

Daniel Kealiher 
Riah Morrison 
Joseph Moor 
Wyatt Moor 


Nathaniel Jellison 
John Peters." 

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il To the Honorable Senate, and the Honorable the House of Repre- 
sentatives of the Commonwealth of J\[o.ssachusetts in General Court 
assembled : 

We the subscribers a committee duly appointed by the Town of Ells- 
worth at a meeting Legaly Assembled to take into consideration the 
petition of Solomon Jordan of Trenton and others, and by said Town 
instructed to remonstrate against the Granting the prayer thereof. 

Respectfully represent that the Inhabitants of said Town Harmonise 
on all matters, excepting those affecting national concerns, and if the 
projected alteration of boundaries should take place, they fear that 
would no longer be the case, but that the major part of the Inhabitants 
would be obliged to attend Town meetings in an extreme corner of the 
Town, and the Inhabitants of other Towns would not only have a power 
to over rule them in the raising of mony, but in appropriating of it; — 
The Town has no objections to any individuals being set off to Surry 
or Trenton, his forming with any of the Inhabitants of those Towns, a 
Town by themselves, but they see no reason for admitting any portion 
of the dissafected citizens of other Towns to be incorporated with them 
to their injury, — We therefore pray your honors not to grant the prayer 
of said petition, and as in duty bound will ever pray, — 



GEORGE BRIMMER, f selectmen ) 



(signed) GEORGE BRIMMER, ) r ... 

JOHN JELLISON, ] committee. 

attest, GEORGE BRIMMER, Town Clerk. 

a true copy, attest, GEORGE BRIMMER, Town Clerk." 

In 1809 the petitioners succeeded and the following Act was 
passed : 

" Commonwealth of Massachusetts, In the year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred and nine : 

An Act to set off a part of the Town of Surry and a part of the Town 
of Trenton and to annex them to the Town of Ellsworth. Approved 
March 3, 1809. 

Sect. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives 
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same : That 
that part of the town of Surry in the County of Hancock, which lies 

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northerly of a line beginning at a stake on the western side of Union 
Riyer, near its mouth ; where the line between lot number twenty, now 
improved by John Jordan, and lot number twenty-one, now improved 
by Benjamin Lord, touches said river, — thence running, on the line 
between said lots, north seventy- two degrees west one mile & twenty- 
two rods to a marked tree ; thence north fifty degrees west to the 
westerly line of said Surry — and that part of Trenton in said County, 

I included as follows, viz. : beginning at the southeast corner of the Town 

of Ellsworth, in said county ; thence running south twentv-five degrees 
west three miles ono hundred and ten rods; thence south eighty-one 
degrees west to Union Riyer Bay : thence northerly by said Bay & 
Union River to the southern Boundary line of said Ellsworth & thence 
east on said line two miles to the place of beginning — be, and they are 
hereby set off from the Towns of Surry and Trenton and annexed to the 
said Town of Ellsworth. And the inhabitants of the said parts thus 
annexed to said Town of Ellsworth shall hereafter be considered inhabi- 
tants of said Town and shall there exercise and enjoy all civil rights and 
privileges and be subject to all civil duties and requisitions in like 
manner as the other inhabitants of said Town. Provided, however, 
that the said inhabitants of the parts thus annexed to the Town of 
Ellsworth shall be respectively holden to pay their due proportions of 
all monies granted prior to the passing of this act by either of the 
Towns to which they heretofore respectively belonged : the same being 
legally assessed." 

In 1812 some of the inhabitants of the original township 
became dissatisfied and made an attempt to restore the town to 
its original limits, and sent a petition therefor to the General 
Court : 

petition of 1812. 

"To the Honorable, the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court assembled in the 
year of our Lord eighteen hundred and twelve: 

We the Inhabitants of the Town of Ellsworth as originally bounded, 
Respectfully Represent that in consequence of an application of a part 
of the Inhabitants of Surry, Trenton and Ellsworth, to your Honorable 
body, a portion of Surry and Trenton against the inclinations of your 
petitioners and in opposition to a Remonstrance of the Town of Ells- 
worth, were set off to the said Town as will appear by a Copy of the 
above mentioned Remonstrance annexed, which passed unanimously at 
a legal meeting holden in consequence of an order of notice on the 

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petition of Solomon Jordan and others served upon said Town, and pre- 
sented to the Legislature in their session of May, 1808. Your petition- 
ers beg leave also to represent that before the alteration the Town was 
remarkably united, which is not now the case, from the numerous con- 
flicting interests which never can be reconciled, that further such a 
weight of population and strength is added to one extremity of the 
Town, that confiding in that strength they attend only to their own 
individual advantage — Regardless of the General interest, and more 
particularly to that of the old Town of Ellsworth, — we also wish further 
to state that one Great reason for some of the inhabitants of Ellsworth 
concurring in the former petition was the establishment of a minister, 
but from the overbearing majority situated as before mentioned in the 
extremity of the Town we have every reason to apprehend that the 
meeting house will be so placed as that we shall derive but little advan- 
tage from it, and added thereto three hundred acres of Land which we 
appropriated to the first settled minister will be lost for ever to Ells- 
worth as originally bounded, — that the expenses of the Town have been 
greatly increased since the annexion, by continual disputes respecting 
the roads in that part of Surry so annexed — 

Your petitioners beg leave also to represent that the boundaries of 
Ellsworth was originally sufficiently extensive for a Town, — that a road 
is contemplated from Union River to Orrington on Penobscot River, and 
as it will pass through Lands well calculated for settlement there is every 
reason to expect that the center of population at no distant day will be 
near the center of the old Town of Ellsworth, — but the Inhabitants of 
that part of Surry which has been annexed to Ellsworth are applying 
for a road from Buckstown to Union River, not a rod of which passes 
through the old Town, and though the inhabitants of it will be burthened 
with a part of the expense of making it, yet they will not only derive no 
advantage from the same, but will find the present existing inequalities 
Greatly increased thereby, — the priviledge of sending a Representative 
to the Legislature is estimated as it ought to be, by your petitioners, 
but we do not wish to be compelled by any influence whatever to send 
one when we think it unnecessary, — for thousand other reasons we 
Respectfully solicit that the Town may be restored to its ancient limits, 
and as in duty bound will ever pray. 

John Jellison Benjamin Maddocks 

Asa Wormwood James Smith 

Daniel Moor John Hopkins 

Edward Garland Asa Mc'Gray 

Edward Moor Allen Milliken 

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Oliver Maddocks John Garland 

Wyatt Moor Joseph Moore 

John Chamberlain Elijah Smith 

Nathaniel Jellison John Whidden 

Robert Milliken, Jim., Gara Townsend 

Asa Milliken Sam' Maddocks, Junior 

Georse Brimmer Edwin Moor 

Josiah Garland, Jr. Alexander Moor 

Abner Moore Allen Hopkins 

Thomas Garland Ross Hopkins 

Josiah Garland Robert Milliken 

Sam' Maddocks Benjamin Moore." 

In 1821 all that part of the original township of Surry lying 
west of Union River in Ellsworth was set back on to Surry 

1 through the influence of Leonard Jarvis. This was against the 

wishes of every inhabitant residing on the territory, the most of 
whom dated their letters Ellsworth as before. The Ellsworth 
post office was in Surry and the Surry post office six miles away. 
In 1829 the Surry territory was re-annexed to Ellsworth through 
the influence of John Black. In 1822 there were in the Ellsworth 
part sixty-seven log and frame houses, five stores, one law office, 
one meeting house and one hundred and five voters. In the 
Surry part of Ellsworth there were fifty-one houses, one tavern, 
one office, two small meeting houses and s?venty-one voters. Of 
all these one hundred and seventy-six voters in 1822, only sixteen 
were alive in 1872. 


The proprietors of Township No. VI, Surry, vs. Theodore 
Jones, Tenant. (See Mass. Reports, vol. 12, p. 334, and Han 
cock County Court Files). 

These proprietors brought a suit against Theodore Jones, dated 
December 31, 1811, entered May term, 1812, for a parcel of land 
lying on the eastern side of Union River which was formerly part 
of No. VI, Surry. The claim was for a certain tract of land 
on the east side of Union River containing ten acres more or 
less bounded as follows: "Westerly and southerly by Union 
River ; northwardly by land of Melatiah Jordan, and eastwardly 
by the line of said township number six." 

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Jones disclaimed on a part of the demanded premises as 
follows, first on that part bounded: "Northwardly by Union 
River ; southerly by land in possession of John Peters and Sabin 
Pond ; easterly by the highway and northerly or northwesterly 
by land in possession of Benjamin Jordan and Melatiah Jordan." 

In the original disclaimer it was written "southwardly by 
Union River Bridge or highway" and erased. This disclaimer 
relates to land above State street and the bridge, on Melatiah 
Jordan's land. 

Jones disclaims one other part described as follows : "Bounded 
northerly by land in possession of Benjamin Jordan and said 
Peters and Pond : westerly by Union River and land in possession 
of Benjamin Jordan ; southerly by land in possession of John G. 
Deane ; easterly by the easterly boundary of number six town- 

This must relate to a corner below the bridge and State street, 
whereon the custom house and stores below stand. 

This case was tried in June, 1812,* and the jury (by Nathan 
Haskell, foreman), found that Jones never disseized the demand- 
ants in manuer and form as they alleged. The case was appealed 
to the Law Court. 

Herein is given the report of the presiding judge, Isaac Parker : 

"Hancock ss., Supreme Judicial Court, June Term, 1812. 

Proprietors of Township No. 6, vs. Theodore Jones. 

This was a writ of Entry on the Demandants own seizen within 
thirty years before the date of the writ, for a certain tract of land in 
the town of Ellsworth as appears by the writ. General issue as to a 
part of the demanded premises is pleaded and joined aud the residue is 
disclaimed. In support of the action, the demandant's counsel read to 
the Court and Jury a resolve of the General Court, passed March 17, 
1785; also a resolve passed July 8, 178G; also another resolve passed 
November 17, 1786; also another resolve passed June 25, 1789, all 
which are to be considered as part of this report ; also a resolve of 
March 2, 1762. 

The Defendant's counsel read a Deed from Nathan Jones to said 
Theodore Jones dated August 2>i, 1785, of 125 acres of land including 

* The witnesses with the case for the defence were James Hopkins. 64 miles travel, 
4 cts., 6 days, 75 cts.; Benjamin Joy, 60 miles travel, 4c ts., 7 days, 75 cts.; Melatiah 
Jordan, 62 miles travel, 4 cts., 7 days, 75 cts.; Samuel Joy, 60 miles travel, 4 cts., 
3 days, 75 cts. 



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wthin its bounds the premises demanded in the action. He then read 
an Execution bearing date June 11, 1784, duly issued on a Judgment 
recovered by said Nathan Jones against one Benjamin Milliken, and a 
levy of said Execution on the lands described in the deed of said 
Nathan Jones to said Theodore Jones in due form as the property of 
said Milliken which return or levy was recorded within three months 
after it was made. He then proved that Milliken in the year 1767 

I moved on to a tract of land now in said Town of Ellsworth and erected 

a dwelling house in which he lived six or seven years, and then built a 
new house in which he lived till he left the town and went into the 


British dominions in 1779 and never returned, but he continued the 
occupation and improvement of the land but not of the old house as a 
dwelling house after building the new one except for six months by 
Joy his tenant. He left the house and the land he had occupied in the 
care of one Isaac Lord who continued to occupy and improve them till 
Nathan Jones made his levy above mentioned. It was proved that said 
Milliken soon after he moved cleared up twenty or thirty acres and 
fenced it, and that the fences have ever since been kept up by the 
successive occupants, and that the said fence included the land 
demanded in this action. 

It was admitted that the demanded premises be within the bounds of 
said Township No. 6, that the first house built by said Milliken stood on 
the line dividing the Township No. 6 from Township No. 7, but 
principally on number six, that the new house which he built stood 
about fifteen rods distant from the old house in Township No. 7. It 
appeared also that said Theodore Jones did not move into said town till 
the year 1785. 

The Demandants counsel then read a deed from B. DeGregoire to 
said Theodore Jones, dated December 13, 1788, a copy of which 
is annexed. 

The Tenants counsel contended that he had acquired a title either by 
disseizen or as a settler, sufficient to defeat the demandants claim to the 
demanded premises. 

The verdict is taken for the Tenants by consent subject to the opinion 
of the Court on the foregoing facts ; and if the Conrt should be of 
opinion that on the above facts the demandants are entitled by law to 
maintain said action, or if the demandants are bound to show and can 
show to the satisfaction of the Court that they have acquired the right 
to township No. 6 from the original grantees named in the resolve of 
1762, and of March 17, 1785, then the verdict is to be set aside and the 
cause is to be committed to a Jury to estimate the value of the premises 

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defended and the improvements thereon, and the title of the demand- 
ants on such trial is not to be disputed. But should the Court be of 
opinion that the action is not maintainable on the foregoing facts with 
the proposed additional proof, then Judgment is to be entered on 
the verdict. 

Justice of the Supreme Court before whom the cause was tried." 

At the June term of the Supreme Court held at Castine, 1815, 
the case was argued for the plaintiffs by Prentiss Mellen of Port- 
land, and William Abbott of Castine; for the defendants by 
Samuel S. Wilde then of Hallo well, and John G. Deane of 

The Court held "that seizin commenced 1762, disseizin 1767, 
and the plaintiffs never after having been reinstated themselves 
by entry or otherwise, they cannot recover in this action. The 
possession of Milliken has been regularly continued down to the 
present time by lawful conveyances. Although absent from the 
country he kept possession by his agent until 1784 when Jones 
levied on the premises ; a continued possession adverse to the 
proprietors for forty-five years is fully proven." The decision of 
the lower Court was affirmed which gave Jones the title on 
account of his possessory rights. 


No plan has been found which shows just where this line was. 
It was run out in 1762-3 by Jones and Frie, and was known as 
the "Grant East and West Line." It was the north line of 
Trenton, Sullivan, Steuben and Harrington running more than 
forty miles "due east." Ellsworth was incorporated February 
2, 1800, and the northerly part of Trenton set off to Ellsworth, 
March 3, 180 ( J. 

John Peters run out the Ellsworth township in 1786. In one 
report he says he began at the X. \V. corner of Trenton and run 
E. on the N. line of Trenton to a pine tree the S. E. corner of 
Ellsworth and the S. W. corner of No. VIII (the township E. 
of Ellsworth;. 

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J : _ __ 

In another report he says he * 'began on the E. side of Union 
River at a Spruce Stub two rods from the water on a point about 
ninety rods from (above) the Widow Bates' store (which was on 
Solomon Jordan's lot) and run on the old line due east one 
I hundred rods. It came on to rain and he went out to Mr. Isaac 

Lord's. Next day he began where he left off the day before and 
run one mile to a spruce tree ; then one mile more to a line which 
stood about six rods to the east of Beal's Brook (or Card's 
Brook ?) where he made S. W. comer bounds of No. VIII and 
the S. E. corner bounds of No. VII (now Ellsworth)." This 
line was probably on the Levi Foster lot. (See plan) ? 

The town of Trenton August 26, 1803, laid out a road to 
Joseph Morrison's house and from his house due N. two hundred 
and forty rods to the town line. Counting the telegraph poles 
from the Morrison house, twenty-four or twenty-five poles, ten 
rods apart, brings the line between the road leading to J. W. 
Coombs' house and the road leading to Gideon Cook's house. 
Mr. Ebenezer E. Morrison, an aged man, gransdon of the original 

I settler, Joseph Morrison, lives in the old house and he states that 

he knew where the line was and lie has no doubt but that it was 
between the two roads above mentioned. 

Solomon Jordan was a town officer in Trenton for many years 
prior to 1809. Levi Foster sold his lot in Ellsworth bounded N. 
by Joseph Card's lot July 15, 1808. Joseph Card's saw mill was 
the first on the list taxed in Ellsworth, 1800. The old line was of 
course between Solomon Jordan's lot and Levi Foster's lot, or it 
may have been that the line run through the Foster lot. 


Few men now living know that as originally laid out a part of 
Township Number Six, or Surry Township, was east of Union 
River. The line was described as follows: 

"Beginning at the X. W, corner of No. VI (on Orland line) 
and running S. 60° E. to Union River: thence we crossed the 
river the same course 176 rods to a stake and stone in Melatiah 



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Jordan's field, the N. E. corner of VI; thence S. 18J° W. half 
a mile to Union River." 

It will be seen by the plan that Robert Milliken, Henry 
*Maddocks, Benj. Jellison, James Hopkins and William Jellison 
bounded on the river, while George Haslam, Nathan Jones, 
Ivory Hovey and Melatiah Jordan did not; Theodore Jones' lot 
bounded partly on the Gore and partly on Union River ; then 
going down, Isaac Lord, Edward Beal and John Tinker bounded 

<J ot%tfcc . 


1, Bridge. 2, Tisdale Homestead. 3, Jail. 4, Court House. 5, Peters Homestead. 
6, Meeting House. 7, Johu D. Hopkins House. 

od the river. There must have been $0 acres or more in the 
Gore. I find no deeds on record from the Proprietors of No. VI 
of any land E. of the river. I cannot explain this in any other 
way than that the suit of the Proprietors of Surry vs. Theodore 
Jones, 1812, gave the settlers their lands on the Gore by right of 

Upon this Gore are many buildings on Main and State and 
Water streets. The Congregational church, Andrew Peters' 
homestead, John D. Hopkins' house, Court House, Jail, Tisdule 
homestead, Brick Block at the foot of Main street ; Custom 
House and Post Office and some stores on Water street. 

To just what town this Gore now belongs, is a puzzle to the 
writer. It was not incorporated into the town of Surry, and the 
act of incorporation of Ellsworth is, to say the least, doubtful in 
relation to it. 

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The proprietors of Trenton voted Aug. 1, 1764, that Benjamin 

Milliken should have a grant for a mill site there and four acres 

I of land.* Jonathan Milliken, of Scarborough, made an affidavit 

in 1794, "that about 30 years before Benjamin Milliken built a 

mill at Trenton and he helped raise the same with 32 men." 

Ebenezer Dyer, of Cape Elizabeth, made an affidavit in 1796 
and stated that " Nearly 30 years before he was at Union River 
and knew Benjamin Milliken, one of the Proprietors who settled 
there in 1765, for I carried him down there in my vessel with 
Thomas Milliken and about 30 men to build a mill there, and I 
am knowing to their building a mill there upon a stream that runs 
out of said township into Union River as I helped them a fort- 
night and staid with my vessel, which they made use of, to live 
in until they got a house built. I also carried two women down 
in the same vessel." This probably refers to the mill known as 
Follv Mill, which was built below Card's Brook in what is now 

Without doubt the first mill in Ellsworth was built on a dam 
which crossed the river from below Boat Cove to Turner's Point 
in 1767. This mill was probably in part a tide mill as many of 
the mills of those times were. One ac'ouut says that the dam 
went away in a freshet ; it is certain that it was abandoned. The 
sills of the mill were seen by the boys of Ellsworth as late as 
1820 — 25, some of them now living. In 1768 Benjamin Milliken 
and his brother Thomas built a dam at the " Head of Tide at the 
Lower Falls." They built their mills on the east end of the dam 
and sold the west end and privilege to William and John Murch, 
and Benjamin and Samuel Joy. Each party was to keep his end 
of the dam in repair. The dam and mills on both sides of the 
river were in township number six. Thomas Milliken, June 19, 
1783, in a deed or mortgage describes his interest as tk one half of 
the privilege for a double saw mill, which is on Union River 
next to where the tide flows, and is on the eastern side of the 
dam, with one-half of the privilege of Dam and Brow and Land- 

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ing and all other privileges."* In the course of time the whole 
of the Milliken interest went to Nathan Jones of Gouldsborough. 
Jones deeded to John Fabrique of number seven east side of Union 
River, June 25, 1799. Fabrique mortgaged to Jones same day for 
$1,000. Jones assigned the mortgage to William Bingham and 
others, June 26, 1800. I do not find any discharge of this mort- 
gage, nor any foreclosure. Bingham and others sold to John 
Peters and Sabin Pond Sept. 9, 1802. Peters & Pond conveyed 
to Joseph Knapp and others, for the benefit of creditors, Feb. 7, 
1817. Knapp reconveyed to Peters & Pond, Nov. 13, 1817 ; and 
they to John Black, July 13, 1818. 

On the westerly end, William Murch, of Biddeford, sold his 
interest to his brother John of Union River, April 14, 1771, and 

Oct. 16, 1771. 1 The Joy and Murch families run the mill for 
many years. About 1815 it came into the hands of Andrew 
Peters and Samuel Dutton. 

Other mills were built prior to 1775, by Joshua Maddux, 
Joseph Potter, Melatiah Jordan, Ivory Hovey and others, on 
what was then called the Middle Dam, near where Benjamin Jel- 
lison lived ; and also on the Upper Falls a double saw mill was 
built by Benjamin Bates, Senior, Ivory Hovey, George Haslam 
and others. Joseph Card's mill, on Card's Brook, was an early 
mill said to have been built in part out of some of the first mill 
built by Benjamin Milliken, but I doubt it. 



John Peters, Jr., the first Representative, 1809, 1810 

Doctor Moses Adams, 1811, 1812. 

George Herbert, 1813, 1814, 1815. 

John G. Deane, 1816, 1819. 

Jesse Dutton, 1817. 

Charles Jarvis, 1818. 

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f Lincoln Records, vol. 18, page* 74 and 75. 


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Benjamin Lord, 1820, 21. 

Mark Shepard, 1822, 1823, 1824. 

John G. Deane, 1825, 1826, 1827, 1828, 1831. 

John Chamberlain, 1830. 

Charles Jarvis, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835. 

John D. Richards, 1837, 1839, 1841. 

John L. Moor, 1842, 1845, 56, 57, 58. 

Calvin Peck, 1843. 
x Thomas Robinson, 1848. 

James McGown, 1849. 

Nathaniel J. Miller, Jr., 1851, 1852. 

Joseph H. Jordan, 1854. 

Robert P. McFarland, 1859, 1860. 

Isaac Frasier, 1861. 

Joseph T. Grant, 1862, 1863, 1876, 1877. 

John D. Hopkins, 1864, 65, Q6. 

Eugene Hale, 1867, C,8, 80. 

James H. Chamberlain, 1869, 1870. 

John F. Whitcomb, 1872, 1873. 

Henry M. Flail, 1874, 1875. 

Arthur F. Drinkwater, 1878. 

Henry L. Murch, 1879. 

James T. Cushmao, 1881-2, 1883-4. 

Charles C. Bunill, 1885-6. 

Andrew P. Wiswell, 1887-8, 1889-90, 1891-2; Speaker the 
last year. 


Mark Shepard, 1825. 

Joshua W. Hathaway, 1827, 182S. 

Charles Jarvis, 1836. 

Lucilius A. Emery, 1874, 1875, 1881-2, 

Charles C. Burrill, 1887-8, 1889-90. 


Xathaniel A. Joy, 1857. 
Samuel K. Whiting, 1869. 

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John Urquhart, Presbyterian, came here about 1784. He 
bought land of Benjamin Joy on the west side of the river, bound- 
ed on Matthew Patten's land, Aug. 15, 1785. He left about 1794. 
I think he left a son, William, here, who was taxed 1800. 

Oliver Noble, Orthodox, from Deer Isle ; preached here prior 
to 1784, and boarded with Col. Jordan. 

John Tripp, Baptist, from Hebron ; came here in 1801 and in 
1802, when he converted many Methodist and Orthodox from 
their doctrinal errors. 

Isaac Case, from Thomaston, came in 1803 and in 1806, when 
he organized a Baptist church with seventeen members. 

John Brewer, Orthodox, from Raynham, Mass., here prior to 

Peter Nourse, Orthodox, b. Bolton, Mass., 1778. Grad. 
Har. College 1802, here 1810. Ordained minister Sept. 8, 1812, 
dismissed Nov. 11, 1835. Died in Phipsburg, Mar. 25, 1840. 

Benjamin Lord born here 1778. He was originally a Metho- 
dist class leader, but became a Baptist in 1802. He was ordained 
pastor of the church in 1810. With the exception of the years 
1814, 18, when he was Pastor at Columbia, he was Pastor here 

until his death. He was the first Representative to the Maine 
Legislature from Ellsworth, 1820, 1821. He died Sept. 19, 

Sewall Tenney, d. d., Orthodox, b. Bradford, Mass., Aug. 
27,1801; grad. Dartmouth College, 1827; ordained Nov. 11, 
1835 ; dismissed 1877 ; died June 6, 1890. 


Moses Adams, M. D., came here from Castine, 1803, settled 
on west side near Shepard's whnrf. His house is not standing. 
He was Representative and Sheriff of the County. His wife, 
Mary, was killed in his house May 12, 1815. He was indicted 


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and tried for her murder, but was acquitted. He moved to Ded- 
ham and married again. He died Dee. 11, 1839, aged 63. He 
and his first wife were buried in the old burying ground in Ells- 

Benjamin Bates, Sen., from Salem, Mass., Mariner, was a 
trader and millman prior to the Revolutionary War. He sold his 
son, Benjamin, Jr., J part of a stream saw which he owned in 
company with Ivory Hovey, Geo. Haslam and others, Feb. 20, 
1776, for £5. He a ho sold part of same mill to Jonathan Nut- 
ting and Ebenezer \Voodard, with privilege of sawing 14* days 
with one saw, and live days with another saw. The old settlers 
divided up then- mills into days and they were taxed that way. 

Edward Beal. — " Married in Falmouth, Edward Beal of York, 
and Johanna, daughter of Dominicus Jordan, of Falmouth, Jan. 
24, 1765." The family must have come here about 1767-8. The 
Hon. Samuel Wasson, of Surrv, says in his Survev of Hancock 
County, that their two children, Edward and Susanuah, were the 
first born here. Mr. Beal was a petitioner to the General Court 
for land, March 26, 1784. He died. His widow, Johanna, 
married Abraham Somes, Senior, the first settler on Mount Des- 
ert, April 2, 1794. 

Col. John Black came here from Gouldsborough in 1809, 
as Ajrent for the Bingham Estate. He settled on the west side. 
He died Oct. 20, 1856, aged 75. — Ante vol, IV, page 62. 

George Brimmer came from Boston about 1794. He was 
Agent for the Jarvis Estate. He died April, 1855, aged 94. 

— Ante Vol. IV, page 73. 

Joseph Card, from York, probably son of 'William — prior to 

1790. He built mills at Card's Brook. Hem. Beal. His 

son, Dominicus Jordan Card, was running the mill up to 1815. 
He moved to Franklin. Joseph Card, Sen., died in Ellsworth. 

Nathaniel Coffin, the first lawyer, born in Saco, Oct. 26, 
1781; grad. D. C. 1799; came here 1800. Went to Wiscasset 

•Folsorn'a History < f Saco and Biddeford, page 308, says: -'The property in a saw 
consisted of 2-t purt>, culled days: a person owning one day is entitled to the use of a 
mill (if single) one day per month; one-fourth of a single saw mill is 6 day3; of a 
double saw mill, 12 days." 

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where he was Clerk of Courts for many years. He was 
admitted a member of Hancock Lods:e of F. & A. M. of 
Castine, May 5, 1803. He was seventh Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Maine. He died in Wataga, 111., April 7, 1864. 

James Davis, son of Samuel, baptized at Biddeford, June 19, 
1743. Settled on west side, on what was afterwards the Means 
lot. He was one of a Committee of Correspondence* in the Rev. 
war, on Union River, John Rae being the other. Aug. 6, 1776, 
they wrote a letter to the General Court, asking for arms and 
referring to the bearer, Benjamin Milliken. 

John G. Deane, Lawyer — b. Raynhaui, Mass., Mar. 27, 1785, 
grad. B. U. 1806, came here Sept. 23, 1809. For many years 
Representative, and a leading citizen. He moved to Portland 
1835, and died in Cherrylield, whither he went on business, Nov. 
10, 1839. 

Arthur F. Drinkwater, 1). Mt. Vernon, grad. W. C. 1840. 
Lawyer and Editor. Came here 1852 : died May 27, 1882. 

Col. Jesse Dutton came from Conn, about 1780, settled on 
west side; died June 9, 1742, aged 80. His grandson, George 
P. Dutton, grad. Y. C. 1865 ; Judge of Municipal Court and 

Lucilius A. Emery, b. Carmel, July 27, 1840; came here 
from Hampdeu. Senator, Attorney General 1875-78. Appoint- 
ed Judge of the Supreme Judicial Court, Oct. 5, 1883. 

- John Fabrique, from Connecticut, prior to 1800. First Col- 
lector, 1800. He was the first large lumber manufacturer on the 
river. He owned what was afterwards the Black Mills, between 
1800 and 1802. His wife died here. Col. Jordan named his 
youngest daughter for her. He returned to Conn. 

Joseph Garland, from Biddeford, 1767-8. Married there 
Miriam Morse, July 1, 1767. He was at Reed's Brook 1797. 
Many descendants. 

Colonel John Green, b. Reading, Mass., May 5, 1747. Rev- 
olutionary officer. Town officer in Trenton, 1792 to 1802, per- 
haps in that part set off to Ellsworth, 1809. 

•Kidder's Rev. "War in Maine and Nova Scotia, page 302. 

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Dr. Samuel Greely, born Mt. Vernon, Nov. 6 r 1793. Grad. 
Bowdoin Medical School 1825. Settled here 1827. He died 
after 1874. His son, Everard H. is a prominent citizen. 

Thomas IIapworth, early. Removed to Maria vi lie. 

Eugene Hale, b. Turner, June 9, 1836; studied law; settled 
in Orland ; removed to Ellsworth. Lawyer; County Attorney 
nine years. Rep. to Congress ten years. IT. S. Senator 1881 
to the present time. Received degree of A. M. from Bowdoin 
1869 ; LL. D., Bates 1882, and in 1886 from Colby University. 

Hannibal E. Hamlin, born in Hampden, Aug. 21, 1858 ; grad. 
W. C. 1879. Settled here. Lawyer. 

George Herbert, Jr., b. Amherst, Mass., Aug. IS, 1878; 
grad. D. C. 1800. Settled here 1803. Died Jan. 2, 1820. His 
son, George, Jr., born July 12, 1816; Lawyer. Removed to 
Chicago and died about 1884. 

Nathan G. Howard. Lawyer. Came here prior to 1815. 
Went to New York, then Indiana, then Mississippi, where he 

Joshua \V. Hathaway, grad. D. C. 1823. Blue Hill, then 
here 1825 ( ?) Lawyer, Senator. Removed to Bangor 1838. 
Judge S. J. Court. Died June 6, 1862. 

James Grant came here about 1800 from one of the West 
Indian Islands. He was a school master many years. 

Capt. George Haslam came about 1770. He was captain in 
the Revolutionary War at Machias in 1777. His son George 
moved to Mariaville 1804. 

John Hilt, an early settler. He returned to Boston. One 
of his daughters married John Maddocks, and one Kenneth 

Dr. Ivory Hovey of Berwick, non-resident. He was an early 
merchant and mill owner. 

James Hopkins came here prior to the Revolutionary War. 
He was the first Town Treasurer, 1800. Among his children was 
John, who married Abigail Brimmer in 1813. They had sons, 


214 Materials for a History of Ellsworth, Me. 

George B. ; John D., Representative and Collector of Customs; 
James EL ; Francis ; Edward Kent, and Albert M. 

Charles Jarvis, born Boston, Feb. 16, 1788. He held manv 
official positions. Died April 9, 1865. — Ante Vol. IV, page 64. 

Leonard F. E. Jarvis, born in Surry, Aug. 23, 1819. Grad. 
B. C. 1840. Lawyer 1841. Joint principal of Ellsworth 
Military School. Collector of Frenchman's Bay. Moved to 

Benjamin Jellison, Sr., came from Biddeford about 1770. 
Col. Theodore Jones, born Weston, Mass., March 1, 
1760. Came here from Sullivan 1785 ; died Feb. 7, 1842. 

— Ante Vol. II, page 129. 

Benjamin Joy, born Saco ; came here in 1767 and settled on 
the west side of the river; he died Aug. 4, 1830. 

— Ante Vol. IV, page 174. 

Col. Melatiah Jordan, born Biddeford, Dec. 2, 1793 ; came 
here about 1770; he died Dec. 22, 1818. 

—Ante Vol. IV, pages 66-71 

Alfred Langdon, from Wiscasset prior to 1800; inn keep ; 
and deputy sheriff; died Sept. 28, 1851. 

Charles Lowell, born Thomaston, Oct. 1, 1793; went to 
Lubec 1814, then here about 1826 ; editor, merchant and lawyer. 

Isaac Lord came from Scarborough about 1773; he married 
Abigail, daughter of Benjamin Milliken; he moved to Surry 
where he died Dec. 2, 1837, aged 87 ; his widow died May 10, 
1838, aged 88. Among their children were Benjamin, Melatiah, 
EliaSj and Abigail, who married Donald Ross. [Heard Lord, 
and Sylvester Lord who died Feb. 7, 1891, aged 83 (father of 
George W. Lord of Calais), were perhaps o. c * another family.] 

Joshua Maddocks, born Saco, April 1, 1732 : came here about 
1771.— -Ante Vol. Ill, page 220. 

Benjamin Milliken. the Founder, was born in Boston, 1729. 
His familv came to Scarboro 1730-31. I tind three marriages 
which I suppose were all his. First he married Sarah Smith in 

Materials for a History of Ellsworth, Me. 215 

Scarborough, Nov. 26, 1747 ; second, he married Elizabeth, 
daughter of Moses Banks of York, Aug. 26, 1754 ;* third, he 
married Phebe, daughter of Dominicus Jordan of Biddeford, 
Nov. 20, 1766. He settled here in 1767 ; he went to Saint 
Andrews, N. B., in 1779 and died there. His wife Phebe, a 
widow, was at Cape Elizabeth, Sept. 17, L792. His daughter 
Abigail, who married Isaac Lord, died in Surry, May 10, 1838, 
aged 88. If the above marriages are correct she was the 
daughter of the second wife. His daughter Pollv married John 
Smith, an early settler. Many descendants. 

—Ante Vol. VII, page 228, and Vol VIII, page 47. 

Thomas Milliken, cousin of Benjamin, came here in 1767 ; 
lived near the mill on the east side of the river. He sold land to 
Isaac Lord, Oct. 29, 1781, and soon after moved to Trenton. 
The late Judge James A. Milliken of Cherryfield, was great 

Robert Milliken, In-other of Thomas, born Oct. 2, 1743 ; 
came here about 1767 ; lived at Ellsworth Falls and had son 

Samuel Milliken, brother of Benjamin, born Feb. 24, 1746; 
came here about 1767 ; sold out in 1783 and moved to Pretty 
Marsh, Mt. Desert, where he died July 26, 1841. 

Allen Milliken moved to Dedham and died there April, 1827, 
aged 50. 

Abner Milliken came here early ; Revolutionary peusioner. 

Dr. Asa McAllister born Low 7 ell, Mass., April 2, 1806; 
Ellsworth 1837 ; married Doctor Peck's daughter. He died 
August 1, 1860. 

John Moor born Londonderry, N. H., 1772 ; came here 1793 ; 
married Jenny, daughter of Benjamin Joy, Sen. ; he died May, 
1856; widow died November, 1864. Children: John, Jr., 
W r yatt, Edmund, Joseph, Joshua. 

John Murch, from Biddeford prior to 1771. He lived on 
west side on farm afterward owned by his son-in-law, Col. Jesse 

* N. E. Hist, and Gen. Register 1890. page 261. 

216 Materials for a History of Ellsworth, Me. 

Dutton. (John March, Jr., married Elizabeth Emery in Bidde- 
ford, March 3, 1748, and John March married Ann Dean there 
Oct. 5, 1752. I do not know whether this is the John who came 
here or not). He had brother William "of Biddeford," who 
owned mill with him here. 

Patten Families, on Union River : Actor Patten died in Surry 
before the Rev. War. (History of Brunswick). Matthew Patten 
was there prior to 1772, and died prior to 1794. Robert Patten 
here prior to 1772 ; bought land with Matthew. 

James Payson, the first regularly educated physician here; 
probably lived in that part of Trenton now Ellsworth. Col. Jor- 
dan named his youugest son, born about 1800, for him. 

Dr. Calvin Peck, born in Coleraine, Mass, Nov. 1, 1791 ; 
grad. Harvard Medical School 1815 ; came here by way of 
Castine same year; he died Feb. 10, 1849. 

John Peters, Jr., b. Blue Hill, July 28, 1771; shipma ; 
there. Came here prior to 1800; surveyor in the employ '. 
Bingham estate; merchant of firm of Peters & Po r 

Representative of the town, 1809; moved away be' . ■ 1810 
and 1820 ; died in New York, July 30, 1843. 

Andrew Peters, born Blue Hill, Feb. 7, 1784 ; came here 
about 1805; he died Feb. 15, 1864. His son John A. born Oct. 
9, 1822 ; now Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. His 
son George S. born June 2, 1826 ; lawyer, judge of Municipal 
Court; died Oct. 6, 1881. 

Edward Dyer Peters, born Blue Hill, Nov. 14, 1785; came 
here about 1806-7 ; removed to Boston. He prefixed the name 
of Edward after his removal there. He disd Oct. 21, 1856. 

Sabin Pond, born Med way, Mass., Jan. 14, 1775 ; came here 
from Blue Hill about 1796-7 ; west side ; merchant and mill owner. 
He died Orono, Mav 16, 1846. 

John Bakeman Redman, born Brooksville, June 11, 1848. 
Graduated B. C. 1870. Lawyer; opened his office here 1873. 
Has occupied many official positions. 

Thomas Robinson, born Jefferson. Grad. A A r aterville College 
1827. Came here 1831. Lawver. Trustee Waterville College. 



Materials for a History of Ellsworth, Me. 217 

He died July 2, 1858, aged 57. His wife, Eliza A. Hopkins, 
horn June 27, 1809, and died Sept. 13, 1849. 

Joseph S. Rice, born hers. Lawyer. Went South in the Civil 
war. He was appointed Captain in the Eighth Regiment Maine 
Infantry, Sept. 2, 1861, and Major Sept. 7, 1861. Resigned 
Sept. 28, 1861, since which has not been heard from. The His- 
tory of Lygonia Lodge F. & A. M. says he died in the army 1864. 

W. S. Scott. An Englishman who came to this country in 
1775. Private Secretary to Lord and General Howe. Came 
here from Boston in 1786 ; surgeon, doctor, lawyer and school 
teacher for many years. He died at the house of Benjamin Joy, 
whither he had been removed for care, from Scott's Neck, Reed's 
Pond, where he lived, in 1810. 

James Scott, an original settler. Petitioner for laud, 1788, sold 
out to Ivorv Hovey, lot next above Melatiah Jordan. Removed 
to Trenton, which town voted April 3, 1797, to support the 
Selectmen in removing James Scott to No. 6. 

Mark Shepard, from Biddcford, settled on west side, near 
Shepard's wharf, named for him. He was a shipbuilder; member 
of the Constitutional Convention 1819-20; Representative and 
Seuator. He was a ready, lluent and forcible speaker in the early 
town meetings. 

John Smith. The Smith family on Union River is hard to 
connect. This man probably came here in 1767 and married 
Polly, daughter of Benjamin Milliken. Their son Benjamin is 
claimed to be the first white child born here. John Smith, Sen., 
lived in Surry the last of his life. He probably had sons John 
and Joseph. 

Nathaniel Smith was here in 1767 and had a son Nathaniel. 

Samuel Smith came here in 1767. 

Asa Smith came here early. His sister Rebecca married Ben- 
jamin Joy, Sen. 

William Smith died in Demerara, 1798. 

Zechartah Tarbox, son of Joseph, of Saco, born 1747 ; came 
here early and built a house ; returned to Saco. Simon was 
probably his brother. 

218 Materials for a History of Ells-worthy Me. 

Abraham Tourtellot, Jr., from Orono, came about ; 1795 and 
settled at North Ellsworth. 

Gera Townsend, from Biddeford. He was said to have been 
the captain of the vessel which brought Benjamin MilHken and 
family here in 1767. One Gara Towusend died May 15, 1844, 
aged 7b\ at Reed's Brook. 

Ebenezer Townsend was at Reed's Pond, 1792. Elias Town- 
send of Surry sold Ephraim Pickard of Beverly, 1804, part of a 
saw mill which belonged to Ebenezer Townsend of Conn. 

John Tinker came here an apprentice to Edward Beal in 17 70, 
at the age of 14. Doctor Peck says he first took up the lot owned 
by Joseph Card and exchanged with Card for the Foster lot, 
where Tinker afterward lived. 

Treworgy Family, of Biddeford. John and wife Mary. I do 
not know that they came here. Children who came here, not in 
order, were : 

i. James, was admitted to Biddeford church June 27, 1762; came here 
about 1770. He was lost at sea with his brothers, Spencer. Jacob 
and James, prior to 1SU0. 

ii. Spencer, bap. June 19, 1743; m. Judith Townsend. of Little Falls, 
Sept. 21, 17G0, he of I'.iddeford. His widow married second, John 
Stewart and third. Ebenezer . Jordan. Her daughter, Betsey Town- 
send Treworgy, m. his son Solomon. 1803. 

iii. JACOB — m. Catherine Libb}-, Dec. 9. 1756. 

iv. Daniel — m. Betsey Townsend. 

v. Mark — 

vi. Daughter? m. John Davis. June 20. 1753. 

A daughter of one of these m. William Dollard. prior to 1800. 

Asa Waite, an early settler, who returned to Saco. 

Joseph Abiel Wood, horn Wiscasset, May 7, 1803 ; grad. B. 
C. 1821. Lawyer. Many years Postmaster. He died in 1844. 

Eli Wormwood, from Biddeford prior to Rev. War. Married 
there Elizabeth Moore, Nov. 14, 1765. Son, Joseph. 

Arno Wiswell, born in Frankfort, August, 1818. Lawyer; 
came here about 1844. He died Oct. 6, 1881. His son, Andrew 
Peters Wiswell, born July 15, 1852, grad. B. C. 1873. He was 
appointed Judge of the Supreme Judicial Court, April, 1893. 

James Lofton, a Scotchman, from Halifax via Boston. Came 
here prior to 1796. Taught school here and in other towns. He 
removed to Boston 1806. 

Abraham Somes, Jr., and Family, of Mt. Desert. 219 



He is said to have been the first actual settler on Mount Desert 
Island in 1762. He settled at the head of Mount Desert Sound 
later known as Somes Sound. He married first, in Gloucester. 
Mass., Hannah Herrick. She died March 10, (1792 or '93). 
He married secoud, widow Johanna Beal of Union River, April 2, 
1794. On the records of Trenton, an adjoining tovvn, I find the 
following : 

"March 15, 1794, Banns were recorded Abraham Somes of 

Mount Desert, and Miss Johauna Beal of a place called Bowdoin." 

"April 2, 1794, Abraham Somes and Johanna Beal Entered 

into the Sacred Covenant of Matrimony, after having been law- 

fully published before me, John Green, Town Clerk. 


Abraham Somes, 
Johanna Beal." 

She was the widow of Edward Beal of Union River, now Ells- 
worth. Married to him in Falmouth, Jan. 24, 1765, and daughter 
of Domincus Jordan, born 1743, and sister of the last wife of 
Benjamin Milliken, the Founder of Ellsworth. She died at Mount 
Desert, Dec. 17, 1831. Mr. Somes died Sept. 7, 1819, 
aj^ed 87 years. 

CD •• 

Children : first four in Gloucester, the others at Mt. Desert. 

i. Hannah, b. Gloucester. Sppt. 11. 1754; m. Samuel Reed of Sedgwick. 

He born 1753; moved to Mt. Desert where they both died. 
ii. Patty, b. Dec. 24, 175(5; m. .lames Fly. He was first at Surry, then 

Brooklin. then Trenton, where he died Dec., 1801. The widow is 

said to have died April. 1846. 
iii. LUCY, b. May 4. 175y; m. Nicholas Thomas of. what is now Eden. 

Feb. 22, 1780. 
iv. Prudenck, b. June 23, 1701; m. Abraham Eeed of Sedgwick. Ho 

born 1759; d. in >edgwick. 1841. Descendants in Orono. 
v. Abraham, b. Mount Desert. Dec. 19.; 1763; in. Rachel Babson. 

Lived ar Mt. Desert and on Fisher's Island. He died July 12. 18-15, 

aged 82. Gravestone. 
vi. Mary, o. Dec. 11,. 17G5. She married Arnaziah Dodge; moved to Ohio. 

She died July 12. 1845. 
vii. John. b. Dec. 13, 1767; m. Judith Kicbardson. Jan 6.1703. She b. 

1767. He d. Feb. 0. 1849. He was grandfather of Hon. John W. 

Souies of Mt. Desert. Mrs. Judith Some3 d. March 25, 1650, 

aged 92. 

220 Samuel Jordan, of Union River and Frenchman's Bay. 

viii. Daniel, b. Feb. 5. 1770; m. Clarissa Beat; pub. Dec. 1. 1797; lived in 

Mt. Desert; d. June. 1830. He owned part of a mill in 1800. 

ix. Lois, b. Mar. 25. 1772; in. Dodge of Sedgwick. 

x. James, b. War. 26, 1774; m. Betsey, daughter of" Daniel Gott, Sen.; 

pub. Xov. 1. 1804; removed to Solon. Me. 
xi Jacob, b. Jan. 21. 1770; unmarried; lost at sea. 
xii. Betsey, b. .Ian. 31. 1780, ('?) or Jan. 21. 1770; m. Thomas of 

Mt. Desert; removed to Solon, Me. 
xiii. Isaac, b. Feb. 5. 17S1; m. iSarah Kitteridge of Billerica. Mass. He 

d. at Fairfield. Feb, 3, 184(5, aged G5. Kuried at Mt. Desert. 


Samuel Jordan, Jr., the sod of Samuel and Olive (Plaisted) 
Jordan, was horn in Biddetbrd, 1729. He graduated at II. C, 
1750, and settled in Biddetbrd as a mercbaut. He was Repre- 
sentative, 1756-57, GO, 61, 62, 63. He married Mercy, daugh- 
ter of Sylvanus and Mercy (Otis) Bourn, f of Barnstuble, Mass., 
April 21, 1751. He came east with his family in 1769 or 1770, 
and located on Frenchman's Bay or Union River. Tradition says 
he was at Jordan's Island, off GoukUhoroueh, which was named 
for him and is now the summer residence of his groat-grandson, 
Horace W. Jordan, of Boston; and it is also said that he had 
mills at Hog Bav, Franklin. 

He was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Lincoln County 
(which then included Hancock County), March 6, 1773. I have 
before me the account book of his son, Melatiah Jordan ; in it I 
tind the following: "Sept. 30, 1776, Samuel Jordan, Esquire, 
debtor to me for (me quarter of Beef." ••March 20, 1777, Samuel 
Jordan, Esquire, debtor to me tor six cocks of hay.".- '• Samuel 
Jordan, Jr., debtor to me for one quarter of Beef, Sept. 30, 1776.*' 

There was a Major Jordan of the Militia at Machias, May 20 
and Oct. 10, 1777, which may be this man. His sons, Melatiah 
and Samuel, Jr., were there at the time, in Capt. Daniel Sullivan's 
Company. J 

♦The Jorian preuealo^y i* very incomplete relative to thin man and bis family. 

^Sylvester Bourn wa-» the son <>f Melariah Bourn, of Sandwich, Ma.«s., born V>91. He 
married Mercy, daughter of John, Jr.. and Mary (Uti>) ijorham, March :i0. 17155- He 
lived in Falmouth and Barnstable. They had eleven children, the last of whom was 
William Bourn, a name whieh has come down to the present time. 

X Ante vol. vi. page 67. 

Early Settlers in* Steuben and Harrington. 221 

Mr. Jordan returned to Biddeford or Saco after'the Revolution- 
ary War. He died Oct. 19, 1802 ; his wife died Oct. 23, 1802, 
both of yellow fever. 

In 1802, Capt. Samuel Hovey, of Arundel (Kennebunk Port), 
was appointed administrator of the estate of Samuel Jordan, of 
Pepperellburgh (Saco). 

Children, according to Biddeford Town and Church Records : 

i. Samuel. Jr., born May 23. baptized May 24, 1752. He bought land at 
Union River. June 28, 1773. Revolutionary soldier at Maehias 1777. 
A Samuel Jordan, third, married at Falmouth. Cape Elisabeth, Abi- 
gail Hatch. July S. 1773. I think it this man. 

ii. Mel ATI A H\ born Dec. 2, b;ip. Dec. 9. 1753. Came east with his father 
and probably on arrival of his majority settled at Union Uiver in 
1774 lie m. Elizabeth Jellison. 177(5. He died Dec. 22, ISIS, ^he 
di^d Feb. 22. 1810, »ged G2. Tney had 13 children. — Ante vol. iv. 
page 60. 

iii. Mercy, born Jan. 31.'bap. Feb. 1/1756. Married Capt. Snmnel Hovey. 
He resided in Berwick, Boston and Kennebunk Port. After the 
death of her husband she came to Ellssvorth and lived with her 
brother Melatiah, Hud after his death, with her niece, Mrs. Andrew 
Peters. She died Aug. 11. lSi9, aged (90). 

iv. Olive, baptized June IS. 175S. 

v. Tristram, baptized Dec. 3D. 1759. 

vi. Sylvanl'S. baptized Aug. 2, 1761. 

vii. Richard, baptized July 24. 1703. He was a tenant of Ivory Hovey at 
Union River. Nov. 14. 1793. He is said to have moved to Bass Har- 
bor. Mt. Desert. He was a petitioner to General Court in 180S for 
land as a settler after 17S5. 

viii. William Bourn, baptizi d ^ept. 15. 1765. 

ix. Abigail, baptized Mar. 2G, 17GD. 



The following named persons, as early settlers, or heirs or 
assigns, received deeds of their lots, April 2, 1794 : 


Prown. Simon Dyer, Reuben, heirs of 

Barker, Lemuel Dunbar, Obed 

Bracy, Joseph Downs, Allen 

Campbell. William Downs, Benjamin 

Campbell, Alexander Downs, Ebenezer, Jr. 

Dyer, Henry Epes, Daniel 

Dyer, Henry, Jr. Foster, James 

Dyer, Andrew Foster, John 

Dver, Ebenezer Fester, Robert, heirs of 

Dyer, Andrew et al. Gubtail, William 


Early Settlers in Steuben and Harrington. 

Godfry, Daniel 
Godfry, Ichabod 
Grace, James 
Hutchins, Obed 
Judd, Ebenezer Warren 
Kingsley, Samuel 
Leigh ton, Thomas 
Leighton, Thomas, Jr. 
Leighton, Mark 
Leighton, Jonathan 
Leighton, Joseph 
Moore, Robert 
McLellan, Cary 
McDonald, John 
Nickels, Alexander 
Oakes, Atherton 
Parrot, Thomas 
Patten, William 
Patten, John 
Parker, Elisha, heirs of 
Pinkham, Richard » 

Pinkham, Tristram 
^Robinson, David - 
Strout, Joseph 


Brown, George 

Brown, Jesse 

Brown, David 

Clark. James 

Cole, Ebenezer 

Cole, Ebenezer, Jr. 

Cole, Cornelius 

Collins, Richard 

Cates, Edward 

Cates, Samuel, heirs of 

Chamberlain, Aaron, heirs of 

Campbell, James 

Dinsmore. John 

Dorman, Jabez 

Ficket, Zebulon 

Grace, James 

Joy, Francis 

Jordan, Ebenezer 

Jordan, Ebenezer, Jr. 

Knowles, Nathaniel 

Leighton, Thomas 

Leighton, Thomas, Jr. 

Strout, Jeremiah 
Small, John 
Small, Joseph 
Stevens, Samuel 
Stevens, Jonathan 
Sawyer, Joseph 
Sawyer, Joseph, et al. 
Todd, John Campbell 
Todd, James 
Townsley, Gad 
Townsley, Jacob 


Tracey. Wheeler 

Wallis, Joseph 

Wallace, Robert 

West, Thomas 

Wakefield, Samuel 

Wakefield, Samuel, heirs of 

Waite, Stephen 

Yeaton, Samuel 

Yeaton, Joseph 

Yeaton, John 

Yeaton, John, Jr. 


Leavitt, Isaac 
Libby, Joseph 
Mitchell, John 
Nickels, Alexander 
Nash, Reuben 
Rea, William 
Small, Daniel 
Small, Elisha 
Sawyer, Josiah 
Sanborn, Richard 
Snow, Ambrose 
Strout, Joseph 
Strout, Joseph, Jr. 
Strout, Thomas 
Strout. Benjamin 
Ward, John 
Wallace, James 
Wallace, Benjamin 
Whitney, Matthias 
Wallis, Joseph 
Wallis, Joseph, Jr. 
Judd, Ebenezer Warren 

— Communicated by Charles J. House, of Augusta. 

Donald Ross of Union River. 223 


Donald Ross was a Scotchman who came here in 1790. 
He was agent for General David Cobb of Gouldsboro, who was 
agent of the Bingham estate. He was a man of good education. 
He built a house on the lot afterward owned by Col. John Black, 
which was known far and near as Ross Hall. He was a merchant, 
and his books (now before me) were models. He delivered an 
oration at Ellsworth, July 4, 1796. He was a popular man and 
had four boys or more named for. him. He married Abigail, 
daughter of Isaac Lord, about 1793. He was postmaster at 
Trenton for Union River in 1803. He must have been a non- 
resident. It is said that he lived a short time at Blue Hill. He 
died Nov. 23, 1804, aged 45. His gravestone is in the old Ells- 
worth cemetery. His will was dated Surry, Oct. 27, 1802; 
proved May 8, 1805. He names wife Abigail, sister Magdalen 
in London, friend David Cobb, to whom he gave his desk, and 
friend Melatiah Jordan, to whom he gave his fowling piece. 
His widow, a most estimable woman, married second, Porter 
Sawyer, inn-keeper, west side. She died May 31, 1829, aged 60. 
Gravestone beside her first husband. I append a letter from him 
to General David Cobb, in which he suggests the name of Surry 
for township No. 6, which looks as though he named the town : — 

"Union River, 25th. January, 1803. 
Dear Sir : — 

Though we have here hitherto had no accounts of your Safe 

arrival at Boston; yet we have great reason to hope, that is the case, 

having heard of your landing at Portsmouth — We have had another 

English winter. Rainy Foggy and disagreeable — it now begins to wear 

another aspect, and Frost and Snow of which we have now about a 

foot, ha3 commenced a more agreeable change — We are here dull and 

peaceable, no news Stiring Save now and then a fellow cutting his leg 

or foot or Sometimes a fellow making a Sudden excit ; as one of Fab- 

rique's men did last week at Mariaville — driving his team, a Rotten 

tree tumbled Down, a Splinter or Knot from which Struck him in the 

face and put a period to his excistence in a few hours. 

Our plantation has sent a Petition to get incorporated the name I 

224 Donald Ross of Union River. 

cannot like very well nor am I alone in my opinion, could you get it 
called Kent or Surry or indeed any Short name of your own choice, 
'twould be more acceptable. 

My Gout is not quite So troublesome as when you was here last, I 
can hobble about the house tolerably with one Crutch, and have been 
twice to visit the Barn within these ten days back. I have not yet 
dared to get into a sleigh tho' am in hopes soon to acquire Strength 
enough to try it. Young Coffin our Lawyer boards with us this winter, 
which helps to make the long evenings pass quicker away. I was not 
at all sorry in reading the Governor's Speech to find that the recent 
transactions in the County of Hancock are not likely to be passed over 
unnoticed, 'tis Said our great Judge means to attend the sessions. 

Your son Squire Cobb tarried here night before last, on his way to 
Gouldsboro, he was well as were also your family there. 

I very Sincerely wish you the greatest of blessings, an exuberance of 
good health, pleasant parties — and a safe return, 

and am with the greatest respect and esteem 

Dear Sir, 

your most obliged humble 
Servant and Friend, 



Honorable David Cobb, Esquire. 

Trenton, Me., 31 Jan'y. Free. 

Honorable David Cobb, Esquire, 

President of the Senate of the Commonwealth 

of Massachusetts, 


Free Don'd Ross, P. M. 
Trenton, Me., 



Rev. David Brown died Oct. 6. 1839, aged 92; wife Rachel died 
Oct. 6, 1834, aged 91. 

Joanna Cutts, widow of Thomas D. Cutts, died Oct. 28, 1845, aged 
86. (J. B. Chick.) 

Elisha Chick d. Nov. 30, 1844, aged 77. 

John Atwood b. Provincetown, July 2, 1767, d. Oct. 12, 1846. 
(John Atwood, Jr.) 

Deacon Eliashib Adams, of Bangor. 225 



Henry 1 Adams came to this country and settled in Braintree, 
Mass., 1640. He died there Oct. 6, 1646. 

Edward 2 Adams, born in England, 1630, and came here with 
his father. He settled in Medfield, Mass. He died Nov. 12, 
1716. In his will he names his son Eliashib, of Bristol, deceased, 
and two children. 

Eliashib 3 Adams, born in Medfield, Feb. 18, 1659. He went 
to Bristol, then in Massachusetts, and was there Feb. 11, 1689, 
unmarried. He married in Bristol, Dec. 18, 1689, Mehetable, 
daughter of John and Elisabeth Cary, of Bridgewater, Mass. She 
was born Dec. 24, 1670. John Cary was the first Town Clerk of 
Bridgewater, 1656, and until his death in 1681. His wife died in 
1680. John and David Cary, the sons of John Cary, Senior, went 
to Bristol about that time, and their sister appears to have gone there 
to live with her brothers. Eliashib 3 Adams died in Bristol, 1698. 
The will of Eliashib 3 Adams, Carpenter, was offered for Probate at 
Taunton,* Mass., August 2, 1698. It was witnessed by David 
Cary, Benjamin Jones and John Cary. In his will he names wife 
Mehetable, sons William and Eliashib, and daughters Lydia and 

The children of Eliashib and Mehetable Adams, according to 

Bristol Town and Church records, were : — 

i. Lydia. b. .Jan. 17, 1691; ban. Dec. 22, 1095. 

ii. William, b. June 3, 1G93; bap. Dec 22. 1U95. 

iii. Mehetable. b. Aug. 3. 1G95; bap. Dec. 22, 1095. 

iv. Eliashib, b. Sept. 11, 1G97; bap. Sept. 19, 1G97. 

Mehetable Adams married Miles Standish fin Bristol, Dec. 5, 
1700, and the Town record adds that " they moved to Preston, 

• Taunton Records, vol. 2, page 11. 

tin the autobiography of Doa. Elia-hib Adams of Bangor, printed after his death, 
(puge 7) he says that * l the first Eliashib Adams, the rirst ucn of Edward, married a 
gr«-nt-granddau£hter o* Capt. Miles standish of Plymouth, which he learned not only 
by tradition, but by a deed of laud which lie hud read, given by Miles Standish of Pres- 
ton, Conn., to hi* beloved son-in-law, Eliashib Adams." In tho»e days the son of a 
wife by a former husband was often called "son-in-law." No children are found of 
Miles and Elizabeth bundi.>h of Preston, Conn., and no Adams is found who married a 

226 Deacon Uliashib Adams; of Bangor. 

Eliashib* Adams was born in Bristol, Sept. 11, 1697. He 
married Deborah Tracy in Preston, 1720. He died in 1734, leav- 
ing one son, Eliashib, 5 who was born April, 1727. The widow 
married Mr. Adams, of another family, in Canterbury, Conn. 

Eliashib 5 Adams was born in Preston, April, 1727. He mar- 
ried first, Miss Phillips, and second, Mrs. Molly (Webb) Amia- 
ble, 1767. She was daughter of Timothy Webb, who was born 
in Braintree, Mass., June 29, 1708. Mr. Adams with his family 
moved to Worthington, Mass., where he died in August, 1801. 

Dea. Eliashib 13 Adams was born in Canterbury, June 6, 1773. 
He married Anna, daughter of Rev. John Leland, of Peru, Mass. 
He^came with his family to Bucksport, Me., where he arrived 
July 5, 1803. He removed to Bangor May 22, 1813. He and 
his wife joined the First Church in Bangor by letter from the 
church in Bucksport, July 25, 1815 ; he was dismissed to the 
Central Church, of which he was one of the founders, March 31, 
1847. Mrs. Adams died April 18, 1846, Deacon Adams died 
August 28, 1855. Children : 

i. George Fliasiiir. b. in Worthington. Mass., Oot. 27, 1S01 ; grad. 
Yule College 1S21, and Andover S» miliary IS26; professor in Bangor 
Theological Seminary IS27 to 1^2'J ; ordained minister at Brunswick, 
Me.. 1820, and remained there until 1S7U; m. first. Sarah A. Folsom 
of Dover, X. H. She d. 1850. He in. second. Helen M. Root of 
Reading. Mass., Dec. 30, 1S51. He received the degree of D.D. 
from Bowdoin College 1840. of which he was an overseer 1330 to 
1872. He moved to Orange, N. J., where he d. Dec. 25, 1*75. 

ii. Mary Ann, b. Bucksport 18U4; d. -June 5, 1807. 

iii. Eliza Leland, b. do. Oct. 24, 1806; m. James Crosby of Bangor, 
March 21,1831 — his second wife. He d. Oct. 15. 1830. Children: 

1. John Leland, b. May 17, 1834; grad. B. C. 1853. 

2. James, b. Sept 28. 1838; d. 1838. 

3. James H., b. May 22. 18*0; grad. Yale College 1SG2. 

4. Annie L., b. July 7, 1840; d. 1867; 

iv. John Calvin, b. Bucksport. Aug. 7.1810; grad. Amherst College iS33; 
teacher, minister at East Machias, and Falmouth where he d. Jan. 
17, 1885. 

v. Aaron Chkster. b. Bangor. April 7. 1815; grad. Bowdoin College 
1830, and Bangor Theological Seminary 1 S 3!J; minister at 
Gardiner 1S3'J to 18-11. and at Gorham 1812; Auburn 1858; Weathers- 
field. Conn., 1807-8. He m. Harriet y., daughter of Doctor Abner 
Johnson of Brewer, Me. 

vi. Henuy Martin, b. Bangor. May 7, 1822; d. May 25, 1S46. 

The Jar vis Family of Huncock County. 227 


One of the most notable families in the eastern part of the 
State was the Jarvis family. Leonard Jarvis and Philip Jarvis, 
brothers, of Boston, merchants, began not far from 1770 to buy 
lands and continued up to 1800. They bought lands of the 
original grantees from the State, and of the State directly, and 
were in 1800 the largest land owners in Maine except the Bing- 
ham estate. The number of acres estimated in that year owned 
by them was 96,386. Their lands were in No. 3, the ancient 
town of Penobscot which included Castine and Brooksville : in 
No. 6, now Surry; in No. 7, now Ellsworth, that part northerly 
of the French Grant ; in No. 8, now Dedham, and in Jarvis's 
Gore, now Clifton. In all the deeds to them the rights of settlers 
were reserved and thev were also held to settle so many families 
in each township. 

Some time about 1800 Philip Jarvis sold out to his brother 
Leonard. March 7, 1806, the General Court passed a resolve 
giving Leonard Jarvis and others, owners of land in Ellsworth, 
No. VIII, Dedham, and Jarvis Gore, now Clifton, three years 
more time to put on to these tracts the number of families 
required by the grants, viz. : Twenty-six families on each town- 
ship and eight families on the Gore. March 4, 1809, four years 
further time was £iven. 

It seems that the State held a mortgage on some of these lands 
or an execution against Leonard Jarvis, and a resolve was passed 
June 23, 1806, giving Jarvis a right to sell any part of them with 
the approval of Mason Shaw, sheriff, and the money to be paid 
to the State Treasurer. 

Leonard Jarvis, Senior, died in Surry in 1813, and his sons 
Leonard, Jr., Edward and Charles assumed the management of 
the lands. 

Leonard Jarvis, Senior, was born in Cambridge, Mass., May 
29, 1742. He was in business in Newbury Port in 1772, mer- 
chant of the tirm of Hazen & Jarvis, but removed to Boston prior 
to 1785. He married in Boston, Nov. 3, 1776, Susan Scott. He 
moved from Cambridge, Mass., to Castine with his family in 

228 The Jarvis Family of Hancock County. 

1798, and from there to Surry about 1803. I find on the town 
records of Trenton that he received votes "for Representative for 
the Eastern District" in 1795. He died in Surry, Nov. 28, 1813. 
His widow died in 1836. Children were : 

i. Leonard Jarvis Jr.. b. in Boston. Oct. 19.1781. He grad. at Harvard 
College in 1S00. and immediately went to France and remained there 
until 1S16. when he returned and soon took up his residence in 
Surry. He m. in Boston, August 15. 1S16, Mary Hubbard Greene. 
Shed, in Nov.. 1841, and about 1S-U he m. second. A una Howard 
Spooner of Boston. She d. In California in 1SSS or 1SS9 at the age 
of one hundred and one years. He was nn active member of the 
Constitutional Convention. IS] 9-20; sheriff of Hancock County, 
1820 to 1828; one of the founders of Lygonia Lodge of F. & A. M. 
of Ellsworth. 1S23. and its second W. M., 1824, fie was initiated a 
Mason, in Paris, France. He was a Representative to the twenty- 
second, twenty-third and twenty-fourth Congresses, 1831-37. In 
1S35, he challenged Francis O. J. Smith, the member of Congress 
from the Cumberland District, to fight a duel with him in Washing- 
ton. Smith declined, and Jarvis posted him. Smith, as ••most 
emphatically a Liar, Scoundrel and Coward." He was Naval Agent 
at Boston for some years, ami afterward returned to Surry where 
he died Sept. 13, 1S54. Xo children. He was a man of great 
force and atility, and superior intellect. 

ii. Betsly S. JARVIS, b. Nov. 3. 17S2; m. James Carr. v Dec. 25, 1804. 
He was the son of Francis Carr of Orrington and Bangor; b. in 
Haverhill. Mass., Sept. 9. 1777. He went to Algiers ami remained 
there as Secretary to Consul O'Brien. He came to Orrington in 
ISOG.'.and was a Representative to the General Court from that town 
1S09. He was Collector of U. S. direct tax. He settled in Bangor 
in 1S11; merchant. He was elected a Representative to Congress 
in 1S15. In the Bangor Register of Sept. 1. 1816. he announced that 
he had made arrangements to settle in Charleston. S. C. as a 
merchant. Later he went west with the intention of settling. Aug. 
24. 1818, as he was going down the Ohio river in a steamboat. Ids 
daughter fell overboard, and in his attempt to save her, both were 
drowned. The family came east and the children were cared for 
by the Jarvis family in Surry and Ellsworth. Of their children 
1 have 

1. Leonard Jarvis Carr, shipmaster of Surry, afterward went 


2. "James Carr. shipmaster of Surry, went west. 

3. There were several daughters. 

iii. Sarah Russell Jarvis. b. March 2, 17SG; m. Samuel K. Whiting of 
Bangor; pub. Feb. 2, 1812. My memorandum says the family 
moved to Illinois. 

iv. Charles Jarvis. b. in Boston. Feb. 16, 17SS; settled in Surry, that 
part now Ellsworth, and afterward moved over to the easterly side 
of Union river. He m. Mary A., daughter of Col. John Black. 
Dec. 25. 1820. She was b. April IS. 1803. He was Representative 
to the General Court. 1818. and to the Maine Legislature. 1832-33-34- 
35; senator. 1S36. During the Aroostook war in 1839. Kufus 
Mclntire, land agent, commander of the volunteers, was taken 
prisoner and carried to Fredenckton, X. B. jail. Governor John 
Fairfield immediately appointed Mr. Jarvis Acting Land Agent, with 
directions to proceed at once to Aroostook river and assume control 
of affairs there. He arrived there Feb. 24. and the next day issued 
an order appointing Joseph Porter, Esquire. Colonel of the volunteer 
troops there. [March 2, Mr. Jarvis ordered a review of the troop s 

The Jarvis Family of Hancock County. 229 

to take plane the next Sunday at nine o'clock A. M. on the river 
opposite Fort Fairfield. The troops 1.000 strong were then reviewed 
by Mr. .Jarvis and others. In writing the history of the Aroostook 
war it has been tiie fashion to belittle the volunteers who "beat the 
bu-m'' and erected comfortable camps for the militia who followed, 
although the former outnumbered the latter largely*] Mrs. .Jarvis d. 
"Jan. 23. 1SG5. He d. in Geneva. Illinois, April 9, 1SG5. Children were : 

1. Mary. b. Nov. 1. 1821; d. Nov. 5, 1S63. 

2. Sarah, b. Oct. 21, 1823; d. May 13. 1SS2. 

3. Elizabeth Black . b. Feb. 6, 1826; m. David Dyer. 

4. Edward, b. Mar. 13, 1S29. 

5. Ann F. b. Oct. 15, 1831 ; in. Everard H. Greeley of Ellsworth. 

6. Child died in infancy. 

7. Charles, b. July 7, 1834. 

8. Caroline Wilde, b. Jan. 20. 1836. 

9. John Black, b. Aug. 11. 1830; d. 

10. Joseph Wood. b. Jan. 11. 1841 ; d. Jan. 23. 1S5- (6.) 

11. Andrew Spooner. b. D-c 3. 1S44; d. May 1, 1882. 

v. Edward Scott, b. Sept. 8. 1790; of Surry. He in. Elizabeth S. 
Spooner. Sept. 20. ISIS. He was Collector of Frenchman's Bay, 
succeeding Col. Melatiah Jordan from 1818 to 1841; moved to 
California. His son Leonard Fitz Edward, b. in Surry. Aug. 23, 
1819; grad. Bowdoin College, 1840; lawyer; collector of French- 
man's Bay several years; removed to California where he now 

vi. Susan Gibrs. b. Sept. 8. 1790: d. Feb. 8, 18C9. 

vii. FRANCIS HoaCH, b. March 9. 1702; d. in childhood. 

viii. Andulw Spooner, b. Dec. 4. 1.793; d. Nov. IS. 1799. 

ix. Joseph Russell, b. May 3. 170"). Commodore in U. S. Navy. He 
d. in Geneva, Illinois. 1SGS-69. lie m. Hist, Sarah Leonard Bradford. 
FJe m. second. Mary P. Otis, of Joseph of Ellsworth, who now 
resides in Cobden, Illinois. 

x. Benjamin, b. Dec. 9. 1796; d. in childhood. 

Philip Jarvis brother of Leonard, Sen., was born in Boston, 
Nov. 13, 17(^2. He married there Ann Head, Nov. 17, 1786. 
After he became interested in eastern lands he visited Maine 
often, and moved his family to Surry about 1798. He died 
Dec. 3, 1831. Mrs. Jarvis died Dec. 30, 1848, aged 84 
Children probably all born hi Boston were : 

i. John Head. b. Dee. 3. 1787; m. Rebecca Hall. He was a dis- 
tinguished merchant and large ship owner in Castine. He was an 
Executive Councillor, 1834. He d. Jan 12. 1850; his widow d. 
Nov. 5, 1858. Thev had eleven children, amon? whom were John 
H. Jr.. b. March 27. 1814. now a resident of Bangor, and Charles 
E.. merchant of Castine. who m. Caroline M., daughter of Samuel 
Jordan of Ellsworth. 1853; whose widow m. second, John D. 
Hopkins of Ellsworth. I860. 

ii. MARY ANN. b. May 13, 17b9: m. Bradshaw Hall of Castine, Sept 26, 

1806. She d. Aii<r. 2:i. Ibl6. He m. second. and d. 

March 6. 1S26. Daughter Elizabeth by first wife. m. Otis Little, 
and d. March 0. 1835. 

iii. Jkanktte, b. May 14. 1790: m. Benjamin Hook of Castine, Jan. 29, 
1805; merchant. She d. March 25,1873. One daughter, probably 
m. .lames Dunning of Bangor. 

iv. HENRY, b. Mar. 20, 1792; ra. Sarah Milliken, Mar. 10, 1814. She d. in 
Surry. May 8. 1829. Two sons. 

230 Captain Agreen Crabtree of Sullivan, Me. 

v. Philip, b. June 8. 1794; dJFeb. 3. 1S07 in Surry. 

vi. Nancy Head, b. May 10. 1796; m. James Milllken of Ellsworth. 
He was b. in Ellsworth. 17S0. lie was seventh W. M. of Lygonia 
Lodge, 1S30. He moved to Calais in 1831-32. and returned about 
1840. She d. Nov. 27, 1837. He d. Feb. 13. 1849. aged 69. 

vii. Frederick, b. Sept. 28, 1798. He m. Mary Parker. 1820. She d. 
Julv 23. 1842. He d. Oct. 11, 1872. 


Captain Agreen Crabtree settled in that part of Sullivan now 
Hancock. His lot of forty acres was on the Point known for 
more than one hundred years as Crabtree's Point, now known as 
Hancock Point. He was a mariner and a fisherman* In 1777 
he started out " on his own hook. " He had a privateer well 
armed and well manned. How he obtained his vessel and 
armament is a marvel as he was a man of small means. He 
sailed for the eastward to assist the inhabitants of Machias in 
repelling the British on attacks on that town.* Tuesday, Sept. 
9, 1777, he was at Chandler's River on his way there. He 
had on his vessel several cannon and some "double fortifved 
pounders" which it was thought would be serviceable in the 
batteries. He arrived at Machias, Monday, Sept. 2$, with his 
privateer manned with thirty men and eight four-pounders. A 
gun was fired on the occasion and the next day Crabtree and the 
other officers dined with Col. Allan. October 10, Allan sent 
several prisoners on board of Crabtree's vessel for safe keeping. 
October 11, Crabtree sent a note to Allan stating: that he was 
deficient in provisions. October 13, Allan discharged Crabtree 
from the service and gave him an order for payment. This did 
not deter Crabtree ; he immediately sailed on a cruise to Passa- 
maquoddy, and on his way there, about the first of November, he 
seized Nathan Jones, Esquire, of Gouldsborough, who was on a 
vessel bound to Saint John, and carried him to his own hou.^e 
(Crabtree's) at Frenchman's Bay as a prisoner. Jones was sus- 

* Frederick Kidder's History of Eastern Maine and Nova Scotia in the Revolutionary 

Convention at Portland', 1785 — 1786. 231 

pected of being a sympathizer with the British but was soon dis- 
charged. He was au eminent citizen of Gouldsborough where be 
died in 1806. 

Crabtree went to Saint John and sacked a truck house erected 
by the "Britons" and took everything he could lay his hands on. 
He arrived at Machias, Nov. 18, on his return. Col. Allan* 
says: "I cannot say how for this was legal for a privateer, but I 
am extremelv glad it is done and am sure Crabtree would not 
have done it if he tho't it not for the best, as he has acted here 
with much Honour." 

Capt. Crabtree died at Crabtree's Point, June 10, 1808, aged 
64 years. His wife Mary died July 7, 1829, aged 87. Their 
bodies were removed from the original place of burial to tbe 
cemetery a few years aijo and a monument was erected to their 
memory. His estate was not administered upou until Aug. 19, 
1811. Many descendants. 


A large number of respectable gentlemen notified the inhabi- 
tants of the District of Maine to meet at Portland, Oct. 5, 1785, 
to confer upon the proposition to erect Maine into a separate 
State. Thirty-three delegates appeared and the convention was 
organized. The only result was that another convention w T as 
called for the same purpose to meet Jan. 4, 1786. This conven- 
tion appointed a committee to prepare a list of grievances and 
ordered another convention to be held Sept. 6, 1786, which sent 
a petition to the General Court asking that honorable body to 
relinquish all right of jurisdiction to the District of Maine and 
consent to its being formed into a separate State. 

A letter from Machias respecting this convention, with othei 
protests, put a stop to all further proceedings in the matter. 
This letter was probably written by Judge Stephen Jones* whom 

* Col. John Allan was superintendent of the Eastern Indians and commander of the 
U. S. government forces at Machias at this time. 

232 Convention at Portland, 1785—1786. 

the Ron. George F. Talbot calls "a master of the political style 
in which Jefferson was an adept." The letter is dated Machias, 
Nov. 21, 1786, and states that "What are conceived as grievances 
are only inconveniences, or burthens natural to all states and will 
always in some cases operate more powerfully on some parts of 
the state than in others ; that the Legislature will remove them 
so far as it is consistent with the good of the whole, and altho' 
some acts operate more against the three Eastern Counties — still 
not sufficient cause for a Separation — the largeness of the G. 
Court operates no more against these counties than other parts of 
the Commonwealth; the Constitution mav be revised in 1795, 
and a full remedv obtained by having only three or four members 
out of a county instead of one from every town ; the present 
mode of taxation on polls and estates is relieved by an act to 
receive lumber for taxes, — to support a Gov't would incur much 
greater expense than what these counties pay towards the present ; 
the British have made encroachments on our frontiers and are 
still endeavoring to extend their boundary line farther west, partlv 
in cousequence of their information that these Eastern Counties 
are wishing to be erected intoja separate State. Should a Separa- 
tion take place these counties would not be in so good a situation 
to settle the dispute as they will in the present connexion and 
the force of the union to support it. The great extent of these 
counties, being thinly inhabited, should a war with any foreign 
power take place, this State in its weak state would probably fail 
the first sacrifice, — nor is it probable the Commonwealth will give 
its consent as it would be setting an example for the Counties of 
Berkshire and Hampshire to separate, which they seem inclined 
to do, and when a state once begins to divide it may be attended 
with fatal consequences ; nor would Congress assent, being bound 
to support the constitutional rights of each state. At a time 
when our affairs are in such a precarious situation, when we labor 
under so mauy embarrassments, when the deluded people in many 
counties are rising in open rebellion, we think it impolitic and 
unwise further to perplex Gjv'L" — Falmouth Gazette, Jan. 26, 


— Letter communicated by Joseph Williamson, Esq. 

* Centennial of Machias, page 124. 

Some Early Steuben Families. ' 233 


Henry Dyer, Jr. Pie came from Cape Elizabeth with his 
brother Reuben in 176S-G9 and settled at the head ot" Dyer's Bay 
which was named for him. He was a Captain in the Revolutionary 
War at Machias, and Saint John, N. B. He was a merchant, 
shipbuilder, and a man of the highest character for integrity and 
ability. The name of his wife was "Batty" or Betsey. Her 
gravestone, procured many years after her death at Bangor by 
her son Asa, says: "Betsey, wife of Captain Henry Dyer, died 
1800, in the sixtieth year of her age." Children : first three 
born in Cape Elizabeth, the others in Steuben. 

i. ANDREW, b. April IS, 1764; in. Ruth Brown. Their sons Vinal and 

Harris settled in Addison, 
ii. Sahah. b. Oec. 12, 170"). 
Hi. BATTY (or Betsey), b. Jan. 4, 17GS. 
iv. Henry, b. Steuben. June 1G. 17G0. 
v. Annaii. b. Feb. 1G. 1771; in. Jonathan Leighton. 
vi. EiiKNKZr.K. b. Sept. 12. 1772. He d. Sept. IS. 1S35 ; wife Annan, d. 

June 11. 1S35. aged 57. Son Ebenezer. Jr. 
vii. Lemuel., b. June 17. 1774. Perhaps Jived a while in Addison. Wife 

Betsey, d. Feb. 27. IMG. 
viii. Abigail, b. July 24. 177G. 

ix. liEU BEN, b. June ltf, 177S: m. - — ■ W'hirten. 

x. anna. b. June 10. 1780; in. Jonathan Leighton (?) 
xi. Chkistiana, b. Mar. 25, 1782. 
xii. Asa, b. April 12, 1784. 
xiii. WalTKR. b. Jan. 30: 1786. 
xiv. Molly, b. Feb. 11, 1789. 

Dea. Jonathan Stevens was an early settler near the head of 

the Hay. He married Mary Tracy of Gouldsborough. Children : 

i. Sajiukl. b. May 11. 1770. Lived at Dyer'.- Bay. He in. Sally Hill 
and had a large family, lie d. Sept 4. 1842. His wife d. Jan. G, 
1SJ4, ;iged 59. Their -on Samuel was living in 1890. 

ii. Lydia, b. Aug. 25. 1772; in. James Foster. 

iii. Kmoda, b. Mar. 11, 1778. 

iv. Louisa or Lovica. b. Aug. 20, 17S0. 

v. Folly, b. Oct. G. 1782. 

vi. Jonathan, b. Sept. 1G. 178G; in. and had a large family. 

vii. NabBY, b. July 13, 17>8; m. Joseph Stevens. They had eight 
children, one of whom, Luther P.. lately resided in Cherrylield. 

viii. BETHIAH, b. July 7, 1791. 

ix. Nancy, b. Nov. 2. 1704; in. William N. Shaw of Steuben. She d. 
May 10, 1880. lie d. Mar. 2. 18-15. Tvvelve children. 

Job Smith was son of John and Annah Smith, born (probably) 

in Middleborough, Mass., Feb. 4, 1754; married Diadauia 

Booth. She born 1755. He moved from Middleborough to 

284 ' Some Early Steuben Families. 

Steuben* in June, 1796. Descendants in Steuben, Millbndge, 
Cherrvfield and Columbia. He died December, 1&21. His widow 
died Feb. 25, 1829. They had thirteen children ; four daughters. 
and nine sons who all lived to be aj^ed men. 

i. Allen, b. Aug. 10. 1777; m. Margaret; Paritt of Thomas. She b. 

April 16, 1783. 
ii. Justus, b. Aug. 30. 1779; m. Polly Allen. Sept. 11, 1S02. 
iii. James, b. Feb. 23, 1781; m. first, Mary Junes, and second. Abigail 

iv. Job. b. Sept. 3. 17S2; m. Bethiah Stevens. 
v. LUCINDA, b. Oct. 15. 17>4; m. Benjamin Smith. 
vi. Ebenizer. b. June 1. 17^0; m. Deborah Farnsworth. 
vii. Stephen, b. May 18. 1788; m Cynthia Paritt. 
viii. Diodama. b. April 5. 1790: m. Stephen Hatch. 
ix. llEL'BEN. b. Mar. 15. 1702; in. Clarissa Foster. 
x. Barnabas, b. Jan. 20. 17D4; m. first. Ketsey Jordan; second Syrena 

Bailey; third. Rosa Hall; fourth. Lovica Fentbn. 
xi. Anne. b. Dec. 24. 1706; m. Samuel Tucker. 
xii. William, b. Steuben. May 9. 17l»S; in. Direxi Leighton; inherited 

the homestead of his father. 
xiii Polly, b. do.. May 2S. 1801; m. Samuel Foster. 

Justus Smith, born Aug. 30, 1779; d. May 30, 1867, aged 
88. Married Polly Allen, Sept. 11, 1802. She died Sept. 21, 

1860. Children : 

i. Robert Allen, b. 13 Sept., 1893; m. 

ii. Theodosia C. b. 21 Feb., 18! 5. 

iii. Olivia Johnson, b. 17 Jan.. 1807. 

iv. Leonard Shaw, b. Feb. 20. 1809; m. Pamelia Godfrey, April 4, 

v. Alfred, b. Apr. 29. 1811. Killed in the Civil War. 
vi. Mary Allen, b. Sept. 8. 1S14. 
vii. Clarissa Foster, b. July 4. 1817. 
viii.GEonGE Stillman, b. Dec. 10. 1S21. 
ix. Ann Maria White, b. Oct. lo. lc?24. 
x. Juliette, b. Mar. 21. 1827. 

Samuel Wakefield, son of Joseph, built a schooner in 

Kennebunk in 1766. I think this is the man. He came here 

prior to 1772. He married first, Mary Burbank. He married 

second, widow Small. Children, perhaps not in order. 

i. Samuel, b. Kennebunk, Mar. 15, 17GS. He m. Anna Cox. Children: 

1. Elisha. b. Sept., 174)2. 

2. Dudley, b. Jan. 4. 1794. 

3. Drusilla, b. Feb. 29. 1790. 

4. Cyrus, b. Aug. 3, 1798. 

5. Emily, b. Get. 1. 1S*;0. 

6. Loviua. b. Jau. 10. 1803. 

7. Lovisa, b. Mar. 28. 1805. 

8. Asa Burbank, b. Mar. 27), 1S07. 

9. Elias. b. Aug. 23, IS 09. 

ii. Lydia, m. Ichabod Godfrey. 

iii. RUTH. m. Perkins of Kennebunk Port. 

• I am indebted to Mr. Rosaloo Smith of Steuben, who resides on the homestead of 
his Kraudfather. 

Some Early Steuben Families. 235 

iv. Benjamin, b. in Steuben, Nov. 12, 1772. He ra. Polly Dorman. 
1795 (?) She b. Harrington, June 30,1775; d. June 25, 1S55. He d. 
Oct. 28. 1834. Children: 

1. Syrene. b. June 6. 179G; d. March 10, 1S66. 

2. Matilda, b. Sept. 23, 179S. 

3. Sabrina, b. Sept. 23, 1799. 

4. Hannah, b. Aug. 8, 1801. 

5. Amasa, b. April 10. 1803; m. Jane Dyer. 

6. Judith, b. May 2. 1805; d. 1S05. 

7. Lewis, b. Oct' 20, 180G. 

8. Mary Dorman. b. July 19. 1809; m. Dean Swift. 

9. Elbridge Gerry, b. May 13, 1811; m. Clarissa Allen. 

Removed to Lee, then Lowell. Me., where they both died. 

10. Ambrose Coffin, b. Nov. 15. 1S13. 

11. George, b. Nov. 23, 1815. 

12. Huidah Ann Dorman. b. April 4. 1819. 

v. Phf.BE. m. Kinsley. 

vi. Hannah. m. Nathan Cleaves from Kennebunk. 

vii. Sally. m. Wheeler Tracy. 

viii James, m. Priscilla Small. He d. April 23, 1852, aged OS. 

Children : 

1. Hannah, b. Oct. 25. 1804. 

2. Samuel, b. Nov. 12. 180G. 

3. Nathan Godfrev, b. Jan. 8. 1807-8. (?) 

4. Sally, b. Aug. 21. 1810. 

5. Pbilo Lewis, b. Nov. 20. 1813. 


ix. Miriam. m. Winslow Gallison. 

x. DANIEL, m. Priscilla Children: Jane. Gleason, 


Joseph Sawyer, Jr.. came from Cape Elizabeth and settled at 
Dyer's Bay. He married in Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Sarah 
Dyer, November 2, 1786, daughter of Joseph Dyer; another 
authority says she was the daughter of Henry Dyer of Sullivan. 
Children : 

i. Susan ah. b. Oct. 1, 1787; m. Nathaniel ingersol. 

ii. Joskph. I). Apr. 12. 1790; in. Wealthy Dyer, Oct. 7, ISIS, and probably 

moved to Addison, 
hi. Colonel Henry, b. Nov. 12. 171)1 ; m. Cynthia Foster. He removed 
to Augusta and d. there Feb. 22. 1804. 

iv. NTabby, b. Dee. 12. 1798; m. Dyer of Sullivan. 

v. Sally, b. April 1. 1795 ; m. Ambrose Coffin, 
vi. CATHERINE, b. Feb. 7, 1797; m. Amos Allen. 
vii. Fbknkzer, b. 20 Dec 1799; settled in Augusta. 

viii. Lemuel, b. Feb. 23. 1802 in. Handy. 

ix. Annil. b. Apr. 14. 1S04; 
l>y second wife: 
x. Daniel. 
xi. Annah L. 

Tiustram Pinkham with his brother Richard came from Booth- 
bay to Gouldsborough Harbor, and built a mill at Lomx Cove ; 
said to have been the first in all the eastern region. Removed to 
Steuben prior to 1769, to what was called for them, Pinkham's Bay, 

236 Some Early Steuben Families, 

and built a tide mill on Pinkham's mill stream. He married 
Annie, daughter of the elder Thomas Leighton. Children : 

i. Martha, b. 5 Dec. 17G9. 

ii. Margaret, b. 4 May. 1772. 

iii. Sarah, b. 25 May. 1774. 

iv. William, b. 9 Oct., 1776. 

v. Benjamin, b. 27 May, 1779. 

vi. Tristram, Jr.. b. 12 Sept.. 1781. 

vii. Susannah, b. 2,5 May. 17b 9. 

viii.KiCHARD. b. 9 Dec. 1788. 

ix. Thomas, b. July. 1791. 


Richard Pinkham, brother of Tristram. First at Gould 

borough, then Steuben, prior to 1769. He married 

widow Betsey Leighton Davis, of Eleazer or Samuel Davis, and 

daughter of Thomas Leighton, Sen. Children : 

i. Mary. b. Sept. 4. 1784. 
ii. Robkrt, b. Apr. 15. 1787. 
iii. Kichard, b. Sept. 5. 1790. 
iv. James, b. Jan. IS. 1793. 

Thomas Leighton, second or Jr., from Dover N. H. He 
was not related to the other Thomas and Samuel Leighton : He 
settled first in Gouldsborough, where he married Lvdia Tracy in 
1766-67 ; then moved to Steuben where he occupied the lot now 
occupied by Joseph Small. Children all born Steuben : 

i. Jonathan, b. Nov. 23. 1707. He m. Armah Dyer. His gravestone 

says lie was the first unde child b. in Steuben. He d. June 25, 1S47, 

ajred 79 yrs., 7 tm»s. Thirteen children. 
ii. Mark. b. Jan. 8.1770; m. Sally Small. James Gordon Bennett the 

founder of the New Y«»rk Herald, taught school in Steuben in 1S17. 
4 and boarded with Mark Leighton. Bennett for several years kept 

lip a correspondence with Leighton. Ten children. 
iil. CHARITY, b. May 9. 1772; m. Daniel Godfrey. Five children 
iv. ALKXANDKK, b. Aug. 14,1775; m. Polly Lawrence. He d. June 11. 

1849. Seven children. 
v. Hatevil, b. Nov. 24, 1773; in. Polly Dunbar. Six children. 
vi. Pa.mklia, b. April 4. 17SU; m. .John Patten, 
vii. JSKAKL, b. Dec. 19. 17S2; in. Amy Smith. Four children. 
viii. Damkl. b. April 14. 176"): in. Abigail Nason. Six children. 
ix. Isaiah, b. Nov. -J. 1788; in. Mary Small. Three children, 
x. Asa, b. Oct. 14, 1791 ; in. Lorohauii Fickett. Seven children. 

Petition of Jas. Sullivan for Exchange of Dan' I Sullivan. 23' 





"To the Honorable, the Senate and the Honorables, The House of 

Representatives in General Court Assembled. 

The memorial of James Sullivan* most humbly presents that upon 
the sixteenth day of March last one Daniel Sullivan, a brother to your 
memorialist, and who was the commander of a company of Militia in 
the County of Lincoln, aud had his residence! near the line of the enemy, 
there was surprised in the night time by the enemy. His house with all 
it contained reduced to ashes, and himself carried a prisoner to New 
York, whereby his family consisting principally of young children was 
then rendered and as yet remain destitute of shelter from the weather 
and of victuals or clothing, and what renders their calamity more dis- 
tressing and insupportable is that they are placed in an uncultivated 
part of the Country, where the constant depredation of the enemy added 
to the usual scarcity of provisions render the people in their vicinity 
unable to give them any considerable relief. Your memorialist upon 
application finds that congress, nor their commissary of prisoners can 
exchange any one for him, because he was not a Continental officer, 
and upon application to the Supreme executive of this State is informed 
that there is an act of the Legislature in existence and lately made, 
which puts it out of the power of the government and council to 
exchange a British subject for one of their own although the British is 
taken by the private force of this commonwealth, from which circum- 
stances your memorialist needed thus to trouble your honors and while 
he feels himself distressed for the unhappy sufferer who is the subject 
of this petition, he is still more affected to find that as the exchange of 
prisoners is to be conducted by the above mentioned act the subjects of 
this state when taken, are in all probability doomed to a miserable 
existence in a prison ship, an idea so exceedingly distressing and replete 
with horror will most certainly induce everyone who lives in an invaded 
part of the Government to make his peace with Enemy or to remove 
himself to a place of security, the consequence of either of which will 
be fatal to the country, memorialist is obliged further to add that while 
others in that county more cautious than the above mentioned prisoner 

* Afterward Governor of Massachusetts, 
t At ^ulJivan, Maine. 

238 John Bakeman of Cape Rozier. 

either made their peace with the enemy or removed to places of safety, 
he was on all occasions leading the militia in his vicinity to repel their 
hungry and vindictive outrages and this alone could induce them to 
make one of no higher rank than Captain the sole objective of an 
expedition. Upon the whole matter your memorialist does most humbly 
pray that your Honors as an encouragement to others to behave with 
similar faithfulness and bravery, and in pity to a suffering family would 
direct his exchange to be effective in some way or other. 

— Contributed by John S. Emery of Boston. 



I find on the Brunswick Town Records the following : i4 Feb. 9, 
1760, John Bakeman of Harpswell, was published to Christiana 
Smart of Brunswick." Her mother and brothers were first settlers 
in Bangor. He went to "Bigwaduce Neck" now Castine, in 1763 ; 
his lot there was next to Jeremiah Veazie's in 1771. He was the 
third Justice of the Peace east of Penobscot River, and as such, 
called the first Town meeting in Blue Hill, March 28, 1776. It 
is said that during the Revolutionary War he went to Bath, but 
afterwards returned and settled at Cape Rosier where he built 
mills. He was prominent and influential. He died Oct. 20, 
1800, aged 74. In his will of June 9, 1793, proved 1801, he 
names wife Christian, and children, Susannah, Sarah, Christian 
and John. His widow died Aug. 4, 1818. His sons : 

i. Francis Evans, the oldest, succeeded to the estate of his father. He 
was a ship builder, Selectman. Married and had children. 

ii. John, b. at March 26. 1704. He m. Sarah, daughter 
of Joseph Young. May 22, 1783, bv Col. Gabriel Johonnot. She was 
b. in Stratham, N. H., June 13, 1769. Children, probably from 
Castine Town Records: 

1. John. b. Penobscot, July 26. 1790. 

2. Sally, b. do., July 4. 1792. 

3. Nancy Young, b. do., Aug. 18. 1794. 

4. Luther, b. Castine, Feb. 8, 1797. 

Col. Richard Hunnewell, the First Sheriff. 239 


Richard Hunnewell and Chief Justice Parker married sisters, 
named Hall, of Medford, Mass,, and went to Penobscot about the 
same time. Hunnewell was appointed Appraiser of the estate 
of Seth Webb of Isle au Haut, March 17, 1787. In 1789, Col. 
Gabriel Johonnot at Penobscot, has him on his books as "Trader 
of Majorbigwauuce," and "names his negro man Emanuel." 
Mr. Willis iu his Lawyers of Me., says John Adams appointed 
him Colonel in the Oxford War in 1798, and that after the war 
was over he removed to Portland where he was appointed Sheriff 
of Cumberland County. When Gov. Gore, and Lieut. Gov. 
David Cobb, of Gouldsborough, visited Portland in 1809, it is 
related by the late William Gould, (Jan. number, 1894, of 
quarterly of Maine Historical Society), that they were received 
at Portland by a cavalcade of military officers and citizens, 
"headed by the Sheriff of Cumberland County, the courtly 
Colonel Hunnewell in breeches and cocked hat." He died in 
1823, at the age of 65. 


Lieut. Francis Salter, who served in the navy under Commodore . 
Tucker, died in Sullivan, Sept. 30, 1828, aged 88. His wife Susannah, 
died Dec. 10, 1842. 

John Bryant died in Cutler, July 15, 1846, a^ed 81. — " 

Abijah Cole died in Gouldsborough, June 17, 1845, aged 83 years, 
7 months. 

Samuel Watts died Jonesborough, Feb. 28, 1850, aged 95. 

Joseph Barnes died Lubec, May 28, 1838, aged 81. 

Bradstreet Mason died in Monroe, Sept. 22, 1882, aged 67 ; wife 
Elizabeth died Aug. 9, 1834, aged 6G. 

Nicholas Coffin died Lee, Feb. 14, 1850, aged 84 years, 10 months. 

Jonas Bond died Sept. 15, 1843, aged 83. Robbiastoa or Saint 
Stephen, N. B. Wife Lydia died March 28, 1831, aged 70. 

240 The Bangor Historical Alagazine. 


This number completes the eighth volume. 1 have gleaned 
from town, church, county, state and other records, from famih 
Bibles, from grave stones, and with the assistance of friends have 
recovered some history of the first settlers and settlements ii 
Maine, more particularly the eastern section. The Magazine has 
not been a success financially, and I shall be unable to continue r 
unless bv more subscribers or the kindness of friends, some o 
whom have offered assistance. I wish especially to thank foi 
their favors Chief Justice John A. Peters of Bangor, Senatoi 
Eugene Hale of Ellsworth, Joseph Williamson, Esq., of Belfast, 
William D. Patterson, Esq., of Wiscasset, and Capt. John S 
Emery of Boston. 



Vol. VI, page 245, strike out "Amo£ son of Freeman Knowles," and inser 
"Amasa Knowles. b. Sept. 1; 1788." Add Silas Knowles, b. Truro, Jar 
2, 1741 ; d. in Corinna, Jan.. 1S33. aged 92. Probably father of Freeman 
VoL VIII. page 87, William T. Savage, m. Mary Langdon Bradbury, sister o 
Bion Bradbury. He was not minister at Dennysville. but minister o 
Pembroke, Eobinston and Franklin, N. H. 
Page 77, "Ralph Hancock" should be "Ralph Haycock." 
Page 92. the date of ('apt. Riddall's Letter should be 1815. 
Page 96, ••John T. Sprague" should be "John F. Sprague." 
Page 161, Jesse Lee Nash m. Susan Shaw Nash, daughter of Isaac and Judit- 

Dowus Nash. They both died in the spring of 1839. 
Page 187, seventh line, '"West" should be "East.*' 

Page 1S7. fifth line from bottom "Doctor Harvey" should be "Hovey." 
Page 1S9, tenth line from bottom, "West" should be "North." 
Page 193. thirteenth line from top, relating to town office?, should be stricke; 

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Page 204, tenth line from bottom, "Grant" should be "Grand." 
Page 212, sixth line from bottom, -Joseph" should be "Josiah." 

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Books and Pamphlets Relating to Eastern Maine 4 

Penobscot, Castine and Brooksville — • 6 

Deer:- d Settlers - . 13 

Sedgwick and Settlers 16 

Blue Hill and Settlers 17 

Mount Desert IS 

L Job Stanwood of Mount Desert 23 

Col. Jonathan Eddy and Wife Mary of Eddington, 1790 • . 23 

A Contribution to the History of Liucoln Lodge of F. and A. M. of 

Wiscasset. f 

Bangor Families, continued from vol. 6, page 295 3 

Distress of Inhabitants on the Penobscot during the Revolution, 1779 — -J 

III. First Saw Mill on the Kenduskeag, in Bangor, and Joseph Potter i l 

XV. . Old Papers— Wooster, Philbrook, McLintock, Milliken i- 

Nicholas Denys, Governor cf Acadia, 1632-1662 4' 

tVL Extracts from the Diary of the Late Hon. William D. Williamson, of 

Bangor, Maine, while a Member of the Seventeenth Congress of 

the United State. 1821-22. 50 

11. List of Early Settlers at Majorbiguaduce, now Penobscot and Castine, 

1761 to 1 7S4 55 

XVIII. Edward Kish worth of Wells and York. 1643 to 1690 5S 

tX. Flaherty— Langdon. Jouesborough. Maine 59 

Monument to Col. Jonathan Eddy of Eddington 60 

XXI. Additions and Corrections to Intention of Marriage in Pownalborough, 

vol. 7. page 221 60 

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I. Field Day of the Maine Historical Society at Castine, Sept* 21, 1S80 60 

II. Col. Joseph Adams of Cherryfiekl ♦ * • 61 

III. General Knox's Letter to General Henry Jackson, 1S00 65 

IT. Abel Ruggles of Carmel ■ •••• 66 

V. Orphan's Island now Verona • 67 

VI. The Cadillac Grant, 1688 69 

VII. Town of Maxfield, Maine 69 

VIII. Machias, Notes about first settlement and settlers TO 

IX. John Waite, Jr., deed of land in Sullivan 85 

X. Bangor Families ♦••• • 86 

X ". Early Indian Tribes in Maine and Nova Scotia 89 

XII. Jedediah Preble, Jr.. the firstlndian Agent on the Penobscot 90 

XIII. Petition for a Road from Buckstown to Augusta, 1785 91 

XIV. Letter from Major Riddall to Maj.-Gen. Gosselin at Casline, relating to Geo, 

John Blake 92 

XV. Old Surry. Deed.- from Lincoln County Records. *. • • • ♦ • 93 

XVI. Samuel Fre -man of Portland, 1743 to 1831 94 

XVII. John Clifford of Stockton ; 95 

XVIII. John Bucknum of Columbia Falls, 1746 to 1792 95 

XIX. Intentions of Marriage in Monson, 1823 to 1S32 26 

XX. Ancient Trenton... • 98 

XXI. In Perpetuam— Maine State Grange, 1^93 114 

XXII. Intentions of Marriage at Ellsworth and vicinity, 1800 to 1S10. 115 

XXII i. James G. Blaine of Maine 116 

XXIV. Items from Trenton Records •••• • • • 119 

\ X V. Emigrants for Kennebec River, 1700 • 129 

XXVI. Marriages in Trenton 120 

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I. Oration Delivered at the Centennial of the Incorporation of the Town of 

Thomaston, July 4, 1879. by the Hon. Edward B. Nealley > > 121 

II. Doctor William Chaloner, of Machia3, 1773-^1802 137 

Roger Plaisted, of Kittery, 1654 — 1675...., 138 

IV. A True Relation of the Facts Concerning the Penobscot Expedition, 1779, 

Colonel Samuel McCobb's Statement 144 

V. Coloi tathan Eddy's Papers, 1777 147 

VI. Deed— Tinker to Robinson, Mt. Desert, 1777 144 

VII. Bangor Families— B\artlett, Emerson, Fiske, Giddings, Kendrick, Leavitt, 

Valentine, Wilder 14S 

nil. Colonel Benjamin Foster, of Machias, 1765—1818 152 

IX. Joseph Nash and Family, of Addison. 1766— 155 

X. Samuel Nash and Family, of Addison, 1763 102 

XI. James Nash and Family, of Addison. 1766 162 

XII. Samuel Titcomb's Survey on Schodic River, 1794 164 

XIII. William Cushing of Pownalborougb/, 1755—60 - 1G4 

XIV. Lincoln County Delegates, Petition to General Court 1770 165 

XV. Deed from Thomas Goldthwait and Governor Frances Bernard, to Joshua 

Treat of FortPownal, now Fort Polar. 1766 166 

XVI. Intentions of marriage in Trenton, 1790— 1821 167 

XVII. Iron Bound Island, historical sketch of 168 

I VIII. General Court 17SS, Order relating to Incorporation of Eastern Towns.. . 172 

XIX. Josiah Harris of East Machias, 1787 173 

XX. Petition of Ebenezer Thorndike and others for Grant of Land at Sandy 

Point 1762 \ 174 

XXI. Robert Whitcomb of Scituate Mass., and his Marriage 1660 175 

XXII. Path, Long Reach Householders in 1759.- 176 

XXIIL Crane Family in George Town and To] -ham. 1729 177 

XXIV. Jonathan Philbrook, the First Shipbuilder in Bath 1742-T, v\d his Family. 177 

XXV. The Town of Surry 179 

XXVI. The Talbot Family of Machias as Legislator- 130 

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1. Materials for a History of Ellsworth, Maine 181 

1 E. Abraha m Somes of if on nt Desert, 1762 219 

III. Samuel Jordan of Onion Jliver and Frenchman's Bay -220 

IV, Early Settlers in Steuben and Harrington, (Millbridge) 221 

V. Donald Ross of Union River 223 

VI, Frankfort Inscriptions 221 

VII. Deacon Eliashib Adams of Bangor and Family 225 

VIII. Jarvis Family of Hancock County 227 

IX. Capt. Agrees Crabtree of Sullivan 2S0 

X. Conventions at Portland for the purpose of erecting Maine into a State. 

1785-86 231 

XL Some Early Steuben Families 233 

XII. Petition of James Sullivan for the Exchange of Daniel Sullivan of 

Sullivan, 1781 237 

XIII. John Bakeman of Cape Hosier now Brooksville 238 

XIV. Col. Richard Hunnewell, The First Sheriff of Hancock County, 1790-98... 239 
XV. Deaths of Revolutionary Soldiers 239 

XVI, Bangor Historical Magazine. Vol. VIII, relating to its Future 210 

XVII. Additions and Corrections 240 

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